The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers.
Carrier aggregation will pick up as the speed war, fueled by the never ending RootMetrics reports and the subsequent carrier press releases and earnings call citations. AT&T and Verizon's network transformations are "skating to where the puck will be" in an effort to become more agile and drive down costs. So far smaller Sprint and T-Mobile haven't seen this need. There's no doubt that more changes will come about this year.
Sprint is interested in participating in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum but does not feel absolutely compelled to take part, according to CFO Joe Euteneuer. That's because of the improvements Sprint is seeing by deploying its 800 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum for LTE and the addition of Wi-Fi calling.
The CEO of regional carrier and Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless declined to discuss speculation that nTelos will be taken over by peer Shenandoah Telecommunications (better known as Shentel). However, nTelos CEO Rodney Dir last week said that the company's board is focused on improving shareholder value and potential strategic opportunities.
How did the nation's top wireless carriers stack up against each other in terms of metrics? According to Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson, T-Mobile dominated postpaid phone growth when it came to net additions. But smartphones aren't where the growth is for wireless. Why are postpaid tablets and connected device sales on the rise? Take a look at the numbers, and Dawson's analysis, in this FierceWireless special report.
Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless dropped unlimited cellular data passes from its offering last week. Scratch makes text, voice and data services free when a user is on Wi-Fi. Like with fellow Sprint MVNOs Republic Wireless and FreedomPop, when a Scratch customer is out of Wi-Fi range, they roam onto Sprint's network.
The first-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. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US performed in the first quarter of 2015.
T-Mobile US has leased its spectrum to other carriers in an effort to expand its LTE network. However, it's unclear how extensive those efforts have been or how T-Mobile's work with other carriers compares to similar programs from Verizon Wireless and Sprint.
Despite falling overall U.S. tablet sales, the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers continued to add cellular-connected tablets to their networks at an impressive clip in the first quarter. Analysts note that carriers have been heavily promoting and discounting tablets, which generate additional revenue streams for carriers while carrying lower subsidy costs.
Dish Network is aiming to hire a new CMO to help it jump into the wireless business, according to a Yahoo Finance report. The report, citing a Dish document, could indicate that Dish is preparing to launch a new wireless service in the near future, though there is no guarantee the company will do so.