Wired Telecommunications Services
Companies in this industry provide services such as local and long-distance calling, internet access, and TV program distribution over fixed-line telecommunications networks. Major US companies include AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, and Verizon Communications; major international wireline carriers include BT Group (the UK), China Telecom, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (Japan), and Orange (France).
The global wired telecommunications services industry comprises about 970 million fixed telephone subscriptions and nearly 920 million fixed broadband internet subscriptions, according to the International Telecommunication Union. China has the most fixed telephone lines (194 million), followed by the US (120 million), Japan (64 million), Germany (44 million), and Brazil (41 million).
The US wired telecommunications services industry includes about 36,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of more than $315 billion.
Demand is driven by new services and growth in business activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and effective marketing. Large companies have economies of scale in building and maintaining networks. Smaller companies can compete effectively in small markets or by providing specialty services. The US industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate more than 90% of revenue.
Some wired telecommunications services providers also provide wireless telecommunications services. Those that do not may compete with wireless carriers, satellite networks, and internet streaming companies for phone and internet services, as well as TV content distribution. Increasing reliance on wireless services for data and voice communications accounts for a shift away from wired broadband subscriptions - including cable, DSL, and fiber optic connections - to wireless by consumers in many markets.
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Major services are local and long-distance calling, TV distribution, and internet access services. Cable and other TV programming distribution and broadband
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