As Wall Street focused on AT&T's iPhone numbers in the first quarter of 2011 after losing device exclusivity, the telco reported continued growth in U-verse -- adding 218,000 TV subscribers in the period -- even as legacy DSL and phone line connections continued to slide.
AT&T had 3.2 million U-verse TV subscribers at the end of March. That's just behind Cablevision Systems, which with the addition of Bresnan Communications, counted 3.31 million basic video subs at the end of 2010.
U-verse video, voice and data services in the first three months of 2011 generated about $1.5 billion in revenue, representing about $6 billion on an annualized basis, AT&T said. That's up more than 50% from the first quarter of 2010, but U-verse still represents only about 10% of AT&T's total wireline segment, which posted $14.95 billion in the quarter (down 3.2% from the first quarter of 2010).