A little more than half of Sprint's rural LTE roaming partners have launched LTE service, according to a Sprint spokeswoman, though it is unclear exactly which ones have done so.
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.
Verizon Wireless will employ an advertising-based model for its planned over-the-top mobile video service, which a top executive at the carrier predicted could become a multibillion-dollar business over time. And that's the major reason why Verizon Communications just spent $4.4 billion to buy AOL.
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' "#NeverSettleforVerizon" Twitter advertising campaign appeared to run into some troubles after a significant number of Twitter users lashed out at T-Mobile and defended Verizon Wireless in reaction to the ad. Seemingly in response to the situation, T-Mobile appears to have withdrawn its ad on Twitter.
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.
While incumbent telcos and some competitors have shied away from providing dark fiber for wireless backhaul, a Zayo executive sees interest and adoption of dark fiber continuing to ramp.
Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion acquisition of AOL, which a top Verizon executive has said is mostly about AOL's advertising technology, is raising new concerns that customers' privacy will be exploited in Verizon's push to create more targeted ads.