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T-Mobile vs. Sprint: Which Wireless Carrier Ruled the Quarter?
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? Post-paid net adds Average revenue per user (ARPU) Churn rates Let’s take a quick look at head-to-head comparison of some key metrics: Total subscribers Earnings Network quality
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? Total revenue of $8.5 billion Operating loss of $192 million Loss of $0.19 per share Sprint’s financials: T-Mobile’s financials: Total revenue of $7.4 billion Operating income of $49 million Loss of $0.12 per share
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? 2.18% 1.6% Source: Sprint and T-Mobile quarterly statements.
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? The carrier took a hit on ARPU when it introduced its Simple Choice postpaid plans last year Though down year-over-year, postpaid ARPU was up slightly sequentially (1.1%) Still a major area the company needs to address T-Mobile’s trying to improve ARPU:
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? New credit standards for customers, should reduce involuntary churn 4G LTE network upgrade is complete, which should help reduce customers leaving because of network problems Postpaid phone net adds increased year-over-year for the first time in 2014 High churn rates for Sprint, but things are turning around:
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? But Sprint’s losing customers, while T-Mobile continues to make big gains
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? Sprint = 55 million T-Mobile = 53 million This helps push T-Mobile closer to Sprint in total customers:
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? Study by RootMetrics says Sprint’s network is improving, but still behind T-Mobile 4G LTE points-of-presence (POPs) now at 260 million New 2.5 GHz network is faster and more reliable, now reaches 100 million POPs Network quality and 4G LTE points-of-presence: Source: Sprint..
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? RootMetrics ranksT-Mobile’s network No. 3, behind AT&T and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE POPs hit 250 million at the end of the quarter Continued rollout of Wideband LTE network, which can improve speeds up to 50% in some areas Network quality and 4G LTE points-of-presence: Source: T-Mobile.
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? Marcelo Claure became Sprint’s new president and CEO in mid-August To reduce costs, Sprint is cutting about 2,000 positions, which should save $400 million on an annualized basis Other things to know about Sprint:
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? The company’s added 10 million customers in the past six quarters alone Will have 300 million 4G LTE POPs in 2015, which will match AT&T and fall just short of Verizon’s 306 million Other things to know about T-Mobile:
Which Carrier Ruled Q3 2014? Both are making big strides, but T-Mobile’s massive subscriber gains in combination with its superior network gives T-Mobile the win for this quarter But both companies need to see their network upgrades and customer acquisitions turn into positive earnings for investors So which carrier comes out on top in Q4?
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