Despite the carrier's $1.9 billion deal to acquire spectrum from Verizon Wireless, announced on Friday, AT&T Mobility still does not have as much spectrum per subscriber as Verizon, according to analysts.
International analyst firm IHS Screen Digest believes there is "still plenty of room for growth" for U.S. IPTV providers, based on reported subscriber increases for both AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS, but the rate is slowing.
T-Mobile USA's network modernization effort has enabled it to offer improved in-call voice quality and the operator is promoting the new capability via a 30-second YouTube clip.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he liked the approach T-Mobile USA is taking by removing handset subsidies from its plans, and said he would watch the development with interest.
Verizon Wireless agreed to sell a huge chunk of its 700 MHz B Block spectrum to AT&T Mobility for $1.9 billion. The deal, which essentially passes spectrum Verizon won at auction in 2008 to its largest competitor in exchange for money and other airwaves, is sure to raise the hackles of those in the industry who think Verizon and AT&T control too much spectrum already.
It's official: U-verse now dominates AT&T's residential wireline business with a $10 billion annualized revenue stream. And sheer numbers would support the fact that things continue to get better. U-verse added 192,000 IPTV subscribers and 609,000 high-speed Internet subscribers during the quarter.
In today's spotlight, FierceWireless takes a look at a $1.9 billion deal Verizon Wireless struck with AT&T Mobility to sell its rival a huge chunk of its 700 MHZ spectrum.
AT&T reported wireline revenues of $14.9 billion, down 0.5 percent year-over-year, but up 0.7 percent sequentially due to strong consumer and strategic business services growth. Once again, consumer services was the star performer in AT&T's Q4 2012 wireline results, rising 3 percent over the same period a year ago.
AT&T said Thursday that it surpassed 8 million total U-verse subscribers during the fourth quarter, as it gained 192,000 U-verse TV and 609,000 high-speed Internet customers.
AT&T Mobility posted strong postpaid subscriber net adds of 780,000 in the fourth quarter but its overall subscriber additions were down year-over-year. Overall, the company added 1.1 million total net wireless subscribers in the period, down from 2.5 million in the year-ago quarter when it added 1.03 million connected devices.