Eating Away At The Wires
The latest study from Telecompetition boldly predicts that wireless and cable telephone services will steal 30 million customers from fixed line operators in the US over the next five years. To pick up the slack wireline operators will increasingly focus on the business and residential broadbad access products. We can already see wireless encroaching on wired voice minutes. But for wireless carriers to meet these estimates they are really going to have to tackle the coverage issue. The hardest hit areas for wireline operators will be major metros with strong wireless coverage. If you live in the boonies, don’t toss your landline quite yet.