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Motley Fool  5 hrs ago  Comment 
Having the best network is about more than just bragging rights -- it's also about churn rates and revenue.
Motley Fool  Oct 25  Comment 
The company changed the terms of one of its most popular deals in a very quiet fashion.
Jutia Group  Oct 24  Comment 
[at Bloomberg] - Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) led companies selling about $34 billion of bonds in the U.S. Average yields for high-grade, dollar-denominated bonds dropped to 2.89 percent on Oct. 15, the lowest level since May 2013, according...
Market Intelligence Center  Oct 24  Comment 
In the last week, most of the major telecom stocks traded in the positive. This despite the fact that telecom behemoth Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and AT&T Inc. (T) failed to meet both the top and bottom line of the respective Zacks Consensus...
Motley Fool  Oct 24  Comment 
Verizon has a leading U.S. presence in a key industry, has two operating edges over the competition, and has a cheap stock that pays a killer dividend.
Forbes  Oct 23  Comment 
The wireline business reported a marginal slump in total operating revenues, although consumer revenues grew by 4.5% y-o-y on strong FiOS subscriber adds. Net income grew by over 65% to $3.7 billion in the quarter, reflecting the fact that the...
Jutia Group  Oct 23  Comment 
[PR Newswire] - NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Communications Inc. ("Verizon") (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ; LSE: VZC) today announced that it and its subsidiaries, Alltel Corporation and Cellco Partnership ... Read more on this. Verizon...




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Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a U.S. telecommunication company and provider of fixed-line, wireless, television, and data services. Its wireless division, Verizon Wireless, is a joint venture with Vodafone and represents the largest subscriber base with 94.1 million customers and 102.1 million total connections.[1]. In fiscal year 2010, Verizon recorded revenues of $106.6 billion and net income of $2.5 billion.

Verizon's main business segments are its wireless and wireline segments. In 2010, to jumpstart its wireline business segment, which has experienced increased competition as customers switch to wireless products or less expensive alternatives such as VoIP technology, VZ has delved deeply into its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) service, FiOS, investing over $20 billion in 2010[2].

Company Overview

Verizon Communications was formed in 2000 with the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corp, and offers a wide array of wireline and wireless voice and data transmission services via approximately 41.4 million residential and commercial access lines throughout the United States. After Verizon completed its $28.1 billion acquisition of Alltel in January 2009, Verizon Wireless became the largest wireless carrier in the United States.

Business Segments

In FY2010, Verizon growth reported record-high profitability as it continued to drive higher smartphone adoption and data use. Verizon recorded revenues of $106.6 billion and net income of $2.5 billion. Verizon's main business segments are Verizon Wireless and Verizon Wireline.

Verizon Wireless (60% of revenue ($63.4 billion) in FY2010[3])

Verizon Wireless is the largest provider of wireless voice and data services in the United States[4]. The business segment is a joint venture between Verizon and Vodafone; with Verizon holding a 55% stake in Verizon Wireless, and Vodafone holding the remaining 45%, it has controlling power over the company’s operations.[5]. Its services include basic local and long distance wireless voice services, text messaging, music downloads, navigation and Internet access, V CAST Music and V CAST Mobile TV. The company has more than 25 multimedia phones that allow customers to browse and download songs, and the first true mobile TV service in the nation. (See 3G concept page for additional information on third-generation wireless technology.)

Verizon Wireless boasts a customer network of approximately 94.1 million customers[6]. It has also positioned itself as the go-to Android smartphone provider, with over 9 million subscribers[7].

Competitors

Both of Verizon Communications’ business segments are competitive players in the telecommunications industry. Its wireless business, which boasts the largest subscriber base, competes with other U.S. wireless carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Its wireline business, which constantly faces challenges from new and potentially disruptive technologies, include non-wireline telecommunications providers such as VoIP, high-speed internet companies, and cable companies such as Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems (CVC).



References

  1. "Verizon Communications Reports Continued Strong Growth in Cash Flow, Wireless and FiOS in Q," Verizon Investor Relations, 10/22/2010
  2. Analyzing Verizon's FiOS Bet. Seeking Alpha (August 19, 2008).
  3. "10-K"
  4. Verizon Wireless Completes $28.1B Alltel Buy, January 9, 2009
  5. Verizon Communications 2007 10-K, Pg. 7
  6. "Verizon’s network ready for Apple’s iPhone thanks to Android," VentureBeat, 10/13/2010
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