How Big is AT&T?

The post-BellSouth merger AT&T is going to be one honking company…. but do you know how big? It will control 22% of all consumer dollars spent on telecom services (including video services) and 34% of dollars spent in the business market. Yeah… that big, according to a study by TNS Telecom, a telecom consulting group. The study points out that after the deal is closed, three of the nation’s top telecom providers – AT&T, Verizon and Comcast – will control 49% of the total consumer market and in the business market AT&T and Verizon will represent 55% of spending. The funny thing is that they are not even calculating the future scenarios… but clearly the big are getting bigger, if not better ;-)

How does it stack up internationally? Folks at Telegeography crunched some numbers and says while the company would be the largest in the US, it would be the third largest behind China Telecom and China Netcom; ninth largest wireless operator behind multinational groups such as Vodafone and would have only one-third of the broadband subscriber base of China Telecom. Further, in terms of revenue, the new AT&T’s $69.4 billion in 2005 revenues are far from Japanese giant NTT that raked in $99.9 billion.

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