In its third quarter of 2015, 58 percent of CenturyLink revenue was generated in business segments of its business, about 33 percent from consumer revenues.
Business contributed $2.6 billion of revenue, while the consumer segment contributed 33 percent.
That, in a nutshell, illustrates one problem tier one and tier two telcos face.
Even if one argues investment in the consumer portions of the network are necessary to support business customer operations, financial returns from the consumer segment are under pressure, compared to the business segments.
In other words, 58 percent of total revenue is generated by a relative fraction of the network.
That is the growing problem for fixed network providers in general.