ISPs Add Over 600,000 Broadband Subscribers in Q3 2015

DURHAM, NH — Leichtman Research Group (LRG) found that the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the US — representing about 94 percent of the market — acquired about 645,000 net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in the third quarter of 2015. These top broadband providers now account for 89.5 million subscribers ± with top cable companies having nearly 54.3 million broadband subscribers, and top telephone companies having over 35.2 million subscribers.

Other broadband findings for the quarter include:

  • Overall, broadband additions in 3Q 2015 amounted to 92 percent of those in 3Q 2014

  • The top cable companies added about 790,000 broadband subscribers in 3Q 2015, representing 134 percent of the net additions for the top cable companies in 3Q 2014

  • The top telephone companies lost about 140,000 broadband subscribers in 3Q 2015 compared to a gain of about 110,000 in 3Q 2014

  • AT&T and Verizon added 305,000 subscribers via U-verse and FiOS in 3Q 2015, while having a net loss of 432,000 DSL subscribers
    In the first three quarters of 2015, cable companies added about 2,300,000 broadband subscribers, while Telcos lost about 130,000 subscribers


"While major providers now account for nearly 90 million broadband subscribers in the US, top cable providers added subscribers at a faster pace over the past year than they did over the prior year," said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group, Inc. "Over the past year, cable companies accounted for 103 percent of the 2.93 million net broadband additions."

 

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