How the Top 7 U.S. Carriers Finished Q3
Another quarter. Another report. The third-quarter earnings season is now closed, so it’s time to see how the nation’s top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. This quarters’ data is being provided by research firm Strategy Analytics.
This report ranks the top seven U.S. wireless carriers by subscriber base. The report does not include any mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) such as TracFone Wireless. What it does provide is rankings by number of subscribers, retail plus wholesale.
Coming in at number one was Verizon. The nation’s largest mobile network operator reported 148.874 million subscribers with a net add of 1.642 million subscribers. At number two was AT&T with a reported 138.826 million subscribers with a net add of 2.323 million subscribers.
Those two companies have the some of the lowest monthly churn rates in the U.S. market – the average percentage of subscribers that cease to use the company’s services per month. The churn rate is a metric to measure the loyalty of a company’s subscriber base.
Number three was T-Mobile with 70.73 million subscribers and a net add of 1.329 million subscribers. In the fourth position was Sprint with a reported 53.074 million subscribers with a net add of .405 million. US Cellular, C Spire and Shentel were ranked 5th, 6th, and 7th respectively. It should be noted that C-Spire is a private company and does not reveal its metrics. It has been estimated by Strategy Analytics that they have 1.0 million subscribers.
Verizon Wireless subscribers include Strategy Analytics’ estimates for wholesale and connected device volumes. Sprint subscribers and net adds exclude affiliate subscribers, but include wholesale.