Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

Note 7

Noncontrolling Interest

Noncontrolling interests in equity of subsidiaries were as follows:

(dollars in millions)

At December 31,

2010

 

2009

 

Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verizon Wireless

$

47,557

 

$

41,950

 

Wireless partnerships

 

786

 

 

811

 

 

$

48,343

 

$

42,761

 

Wireless Joint Venture

Our Domestic Wireless segment, Cellco Partnership doing business as Verizon Wireless (Verizon Wireless) is a joint venture formed in April 2000 by the combination of the U.S. wireless operations and interests of Verizon and Vodafone. Verizon owns a controlling 55% interest in Verizon Wireless and Vodafone owns the remaining 45%.