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Profile: Telephone and Data Systems Inc (TDS.N)

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Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., incorporated on, December 12, 1997, is a diversified telecommunications company. The Company conducts its Wireless operations through its subsidiary, United States Cellular Corporation (U.S. Cellular). The Company provides Wireline services, cable services and hosted and managed services, through its subsidiary, TDS Telecommunications Corporation (TDS Telecom). The Company's segments include U.S. Cellular, Wireline, Cable, and Hosted and Managed Services (HMS). The Company provides these services to approximately 4.9 million Wireless customers and 1.2 million Wireline and cable connections. The Company's operations also include the subsidiary Suttle-Straus, Inc. (Suttle-Straus). TDS Telecom provides broadband, video and voice services to approximately 1.2 million connections in over 40 states. The Company provides a range of information technology (IT) services, including colocation, cloud computing, hosted application management, and sales of IT hardware and related professional services through its HMS business.

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, 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 phone 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 carrying cases, hands-free devices, batteries, battery chargers, and memory cards to related consumer electronics, including headphones, speakers, and Bluetooth keyboards to customers. U.S. Cellular also sells wireless devices to agents and other third-party distributors for resale. U.S. Cellular offers its customers the option to purchase certain devices under installment contracts and it also offers financing under installment contracts for all Wireless 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 operates approximately 110 incumbent local exchange carriers (ILEC) in over 30 states and provides telecommunications services as a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Wireline operations provide retail telecommunications services to both residential and commercial customers that reside within its respective service territories. 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 products, video services and local and long-distance 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, IP-based services, local and long-distance voice service and other services to small to medium sized businesses.


TDS Telecom operates its cable operations through Baja Broadband (Baja). Baja operates cable systems in markets in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The Company also provides colocation and managed services and a cable advertising and broadcast business. Cable offers advanced 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.

Hosted and Managed Services

TDS Telecom's HMS business offers a suite of IT solutions, including colocation, cloud computing, hosted and managed services, hosted application management and sales of IT hardware and related professional services. HMS operates approximately eight data centers. It owns over two data centers in Iowa, one each in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado and Oregon and it leases two data centers in Arizona. 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' cloud offering, branded ReliaCloud, is an Infrastructure as a Service solution designed to run traditional business applications in a secure and compliant 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.

Company Address

Telephone and Data Systems Inc

30 N La Salle St Ste 4000
CHICAGO   IL   60602-2585
P: +1302.6587581
F: +1302.6555049

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