VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. Competition
Verizon is the #1 wireless phone service in the US (ahead of rival AT&T Mobility) and the #2 US telecom services provider overall (after AT&T). The company's core mobile business, Verizon Wireless, serves about 137 million total customers. (Verizon Wireless was a joint venture with Vodafone until 2014, when Verizon bought out Vodafone's stake for $130 billion.) Verizon's wireline unit, with more than 19 million voice connections (end of 2014), provides local telephone, long-distance, Internet access, and digital TV services to residential and wholesale customers. In addition, Verizon offers a wide range of telecom, managed network, and IT services to commercial and government clients in more than 150 countries. Verizon moved to expand its video and advertising capabilities with the acquisition of AOL for $4.4 billion in mid-2015.