AT&T has earned the top spot in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE’s Most Admired Companies list for the fifth consecutive year.

The list is one of the most respected indicators of companies’ performance and reputation.

FORTUNE and Korn Ferry survey executives and directors from FORTUNE 1000 companies, FORTUNE’s Global 500 database and financial analysts to create the lists.

Companies are rated on nine attributes: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, quality of products and services and global competitiveness.