Sunday, April 29, 2007

It's All About ARPU and Churn

How bundling is good, or whether bundling is good for customers might be debated. There isn't much question about whether it is good for service providers. "When you look at consumer customers from a bundled standpoint, customers that are stand-alone voice customers have ARPUs in the low $40 range," says at&t CFO Rick Lindner. "As they begin to bundle and as we move them upwards to a full-quad bundle where they have got voice, data, video and wireless from us, all of a sudden that customer moves to a $250, $260 kind of monthly customer"

"At the same time, the churn rates are cut by two thirds when you move from that stand-alone voice customer to a full-quad bundled customer," he says.

At the end of the day, this is about supplier push more than end user demand. It isn't the "bundle" users want, it's the monetary savings. Innovations will occur, neverthless. So in the end, bundles will lead to something besides higher ARPU for providers.

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