Traditional Phone Companies Losing Share

  • April 29, 2008
SNL Kagan forecasts that cable companies and wireless operators will control nearly half of the residential phone market by 2012.

In a new study, the market research firm also says traditional phone companies' share of the residential market has dropped to 74% from 90% over the past two years, and will shrink to 51% by 2012.

Making the biggest inroads are cable operators, whose IP (Internet Protocol) voice services are expected to have 31.4 million subscribers, or 26% market share, in 2012.

Meanwhile, the number of wireless-only households, currently about 12 million, is expected to more than double to 26 million--a 22% share--in that time. Driving the wireless transition are the maturing of more tech-savvy young consumers and emerging technologies that improve service coverage and reduce costs, according to SNL Kagan.

--Mark Walsh

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