BellSouth DSL Numbers Boom


BellSouth Corp. saw a stronger-than-expected second quarter for its
digital-subscriber-line business, gathering 103,000 new customers for a total of
1.2 million.

The new-subscriber adds were up compared with the first quarter’s 101,000
additions and ahead of company projections.

Broadband gains also offset some losses posted for BellSouth’s data-services
segment. While total data revenue, including dial-up products, stayed flat at
$1.1 billion, it did include a retail-data-revenue growth of 11.5% driven
primarily by DSL growth.

In addition, the company’s "Answers" line of bundled voice, long-distance,
Internet and wireless service now claims 2.1 million customers generating an
average of $62 apiece.

Overall, BellSouth’s consolidated revenues totaled $5.6 billion, a drop from
the $5.8 billion posted in the same quarter of 2002. Net income totaled $951
million, up significantly versus the $263 million gathered in the same quarter
last year.