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Telephone and Data (TDS) Company Profile

Updated Feb 14, 2020
Telephone and Data has the following business profile:
Company's Full Name:Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
Short Name:Telephone and Data
Trading Ticker Symbol:TDS
Primary Exchange:NYSE
Headquarter City/Country:Illinois, IL
Primary Industry Sector:Public Utilities
Seconday Sub-sector:Telecommunications Equipment
Main Business Areas: Public Utilities, Telecommunications Equipment, Communication Services, Telecom Services, Telecom
Dividend Payments:Dividend History

Market and Trading Information for Telephone and Data

The following details were available for trading and market data about the stock of Telephone and Data as of writing:
Current Share Price:$24.06
Previous Year's Closing Price:$25.43
Percentage Price Change (YTD):-5.39%
Market Cap:$2.79 billion
52-week Price Range:$21.44 - $37.09
Dividend Per Share:$0.66
EPS (TTM):1.07
Price-Earnings (Trailing):22.55
Price-Earnings (Forward):30.85

Company Profile and Business Description for Telephone and Data

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (TDS), incorporated on December 12, 1997, is a diversified telecommunications company. The Company is engaged in conducting its Wireless operations through its subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular), as well as providing its wireline services, cable services, and hosted and managed services (HMS), through its subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom). It operates through four business segments: U.S. Cellular, Wireline, Cable, and Hosted and Managed Services. TDS Telecom operated in 34 states and through its Wireline and Cable operations provided broadband, video and voice services to approximately 1.2 million connections, as of December 31, 2016. The Company provides a range of information technology (IT) services, including colocation, cloud and hosting solutions, managed services, application management, and sales of IT hardware and related maintenance and professional services through its HMS business. The Company's operations also include the subsidiary Suttle-Straus, Inc. (Suttle-Straus).

U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular provides service to postpaid and prepaid customers. U.S. Cellular focuses on retail consumers, government, and small- to mid-size business customers in industries, such as construction, retail, agriculture, professional services and real estate. U.S. Cellular's postpaid customers can choose from a range of national plans with voice, messaging and data usage options and pricing that are designed to fit different customer needs, usage patterns and budgets. U.S. Cellular also offers monthly prepaid service plans, which provide customers unlimited voice and unlimited messaging with a specified amount of high-speed data and unlimited data at lower speeds.

U.S. Cellular offers a range of wireless devices, such as handsets, modems, mobile hotspots, home phones, routers and tablets for use by its customers. U.S. Cellular offers wireless devices that are compatible with fourth generation long-term evolution (4G LTE) and third generation (3G) networks. In addition, U.S. Cellular offers a range of accessories, which include wireless basics, such as cases, screen protectors, chargers and memory cards, as well as consumer electronics such as headphones, speakers and hands-free devices. U.S. Cellular offers several programs, which allows the customer to receive a replacement device through a retail store or through direct mail.


The Company's Wireline operations are located in a mix of rural, small town and suburban markets. TDS Telecom operated incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC) in 25 states and provided telecommunications services as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Wisconsin.

The Company's wireline operations provide retail telecommunications services to both residential and commercial customers. Wireline also provides services to wholesale customers, interexchanging carriers (companies that provide long-distance telephone and data services between local exchange areas). The Wireline segment offers services, including broadband, video, voice and network access services. Wireline residential customer operations provide high-speed data services, video services and voice service. In selected residential markets, Wireline is focused on its Internet Protocol Television Service (IPTV) service offering under the brand TDS TV. Wireline commercial customer operations provide broadband, Internet protocol (IP)-based services, and hosted voice and collaboration services to small to medium sized businesses.


TDS Telecom operates the Company's cable operations through two brand names: TDS and BendBroadband. It has operation in Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. Cable offers broadband, video and voice services. Its DOCSIS 3.0 technology is deployed to service addresses. It offers CatchTV, a branded whole-home digital video recorder (DVR) solution. Its business services include broadband products, multi-line phone solutions and video. Its cable operations include business services, such as data networking, Ethernet, hosting, broadband access and Voice over IP (VoIP) services, to small and medium-sized businesses.

Hosted and Managed Services

HMS operated eight data centers, as of December 31, 2016. It owned two data centers in Iowa; one each in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Oregon, and it leased two data centers in Arizona, as of December 31, 2016. It offers services to healthcare, financial, manufacturing, retail and government, and are located across the United States. HMS' portfolio of hosted and managed services covers servers, voice and data networks, Microsoft Exchange environments, storage, and service desk capabilities on equipment located both within HMS data centers and at customer locations. HMS also offers solutions in hosted application management, including enterprise resource planning systems.

HMS' private cloud offering, branded ReliaCloud, is an Infrastructure as a Service solution designed to run business applications in an operational framework within a cloud environment. ReliaCloud is an enterprise-class cloud solution that handles data management for use in public, private and hybrid cloud configurations. HMS' solutions provider services include planning, engineering, procurement, sales, installation, and management of IT infrastructure solutions from the original equipment manufacturers.

The Company competes with Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile USA.

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