Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Verizon market share slipping as BT and C&W close gap

After more than 10 years as the UK's No.1 provider of Internet services to big business, Verizon is close to slipping behind BT for the first time.

In 1997 Verizon predecessor UUNet/PIPEX share of the UK business market was at 45%. As WorldCom then MCI, Verizon has seen a sequential drop in market share, a trend that continued over the last 12 months. BackChannels current analysis predict BT will move into the No.1 slot within the next few weeks.

But it is not all gloom for Verizon - BackChannels figures reveal the fact that Verizon acquires customers faster than BT. If Verizon can reduce their higher than average churn, their ability to acquire customers will quickly arrest this slide. It will be interesting to see if the new Verizon team are ready to fight back.

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