BellSouth Adds 253K DSL Subs


BellSouth Corp. reported a record 253,000 digital-subscriber-line additions in the first quarter of 2005, which, combined with its wireless growth, helped to offset declines in its wire-line business.

The company said it added 113,000 video subscribers through its DirecTV Inc. affiliate agreement and 1.4 million wireless subscribers through its Cingular Wireless joint venture.

BellSouth now counts 2.3 million DSL and 314,000 video subscribers. The company lost 137,000 access lines in the quarter.