AT&T wins in IoT, T-Mobile wins in Subscriber Gains, Sprint seeing Turnaroud, Verizon Holding Steady Leadership
Q4 2017 and End of Year Assessment of the “Top 4 Mobile Carriers”
AT&T adds 6.7M connections in 2017 including IoT, while T-Mobile reigns in Subscriber Adds
All four carriers have finished up their earnings calls, and Compass Intelligence just completed the final assessment of Q4 2017 and the entire 2017 analysis. In addition, Compass Intelligence evaluated the comparisons to previous quarters and year ending 2016 to 2017 in terms of improvements and declines. We do this each quarter to understand the subscriber and share changes, as well as evaluate the key trends taking place in the wireless industry for both consumer and B2B. We have been tracking the quarterly metrics since 2007. Some metrics are our own internal modeling and estimates, as the market does not report in all categories. A snapshot of Q4 2017 is below.
Compass Intelligence compared last quarter’s results to this quarter to show which metrics showed improvement over others (denoted by + or -).
Below are additional thoughts and insights based on the quarter and annual performance:
As shown above, overall the industry added an estimated 12.9M connections in 2017 compared to 21.5M connections in 2016, which represents a 3.1% change from 2016. While Verizon ended the year with the most connections at 144.4M connections, T-Mobile lead overall retail subscriber adds for the year, adding over 4.4M subscribers in 2017. AT&T’s growth was primarily driven by IoT connections, adding an estimated 7.4M connected device connections in 2017 (2M more than adds in 2016). Sprint had its own success story returning to positive net adds for the year, adding 488K in Q4 alone.
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