Verizon and AT&T Mobility remain not just far ahead of T-Mobile US and Sprint in terms of subscriber counts, but also in profitability, both on a raw basis and on a per customer basis, according to industry analyst Chetan Sharma.
Apple may have missed slightly Wall Street analysts' expectations for iPhone sales in the third quarter and may still account for a small minority of smartphone sales worldwide, but it is still the king when it comes to another important metric: smartphone profits.
FierceCable has assembled a complete look at the third-quarter earnings season, ranking the top cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators and offering a look at their performance in a number of key metrics, including subscriber growth and average revenues per user. Special report
FierceWireless has teamed with research firm Strategy Analytics and Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson to give you the major metrics-- such as churn, ARPU and revenue-- of each carrier, as well as provide deeper insight tnto the carriers' performance in the third quarter. Special report
The third-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. In this report you will find a ranking of the of the top eight U.S. wireless carriers in the third quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. Below that, Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson provides several slides that offer an in-depth look at how Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint each performed in the third quarter of 2015.
Tucows CEO Elliot Noss said that the company's Ting Mobile MVNO added fewer net new customers in the third quarter than it did a year ago but that the period represented Ting's best ever in terms of gross additions. Ting's service runs on Sprint's network and also has supported GSM service since March, likely via T-Mobile US' network. As a unit of a publicly traded company, Ting is one of the few MVNOs that breaks out its subscriber and financial metrics.
Qualcomm reported quarterly earnings that beat analysts' expectations, even as its sales and profit fell sharply from a year ago. However, Qualcomm's expectations for its current quarter fell below analysts' forecasts, as the chipset giant is facing headwinds in negotiating new patent licensing deals with Chinese smartphone makers.
Financial analysts are divided over Sprint's prospects as it looks to build on its first quarter of positive postpaid phone customer additions in years and ahead of the launch of leasing companies to help it buy handsets and network gear. Some think Sprint has started to create a strong foundation for its turnaround while others are more cautious and have questions about the company's long-term fortunes.
Sprint plans to cut thousands of more jobs as part of its effort to slash at least $2 billion in operating expenses from the business, according to Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said he has been very direct with employees about the need to slash costs in a bid to get back to profitability, something Sprint hasn't really achieved in 11 years.
Sprint reported that it gained postpaid handset customers on the Sprint network in the third quarter, the first time it had done so in a full quarter in more than two years. The company is on the verge of cutting billions of dollars in expenses in a bid to get back to profitability, and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and his leadership team think they are at a turning point in the company's turnaround.