Backbone Consolidation Continues – Level 3 buys Broadwing

Om has a great post on Level 3’s purchase of Broadwing. But in the post he states the following..

The way this consolidation is shaping up4, the market is going to be left with six majors: Verizon, AT&T, Level 3, Qwest, Global Crossing5 and XO Communications6. All these companies have national networks and NFL city footprints. (I am trying to think if I missed anyone with same network size and scope.)

I can only assume Om is talking about the US market place. Telefonica is larger than all of those execpt AT&T and he’s not included NTT, which until recently was the largest Telco by revenue. So in terms of world market it’s a different picture, AT&T only has 10% of it’s business outside of the US, Telefonica has 50% of it’s business outside it’s home country.

My personal view is AT&Tis the largest since it’s aquasition of SBC, then Telefonica, then Deutsche telecom (T-mobile), France Telecom (Orange), then Verizon, NTT, Vodafone and the list goes on.

Once Telefonica merges it’s mobile business it’ll eclipse AT&T again.

So besides, AT&T and Verizon in Om’s list none of the others are in the top 15 of the Global Players.

There is a world outside of the US you know Om.

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