Research and Markets predicts that the USA will have 365.7 million mobile subscribers in 2014, increasing from 285.9 million in 2009. In spite of rapid growth of smaller operators, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility will see their subscriber market shares increase over the next five years, says the market researcher.
- Verizon Wireless’s market share will increase from 31.9% to 36.5% and AT&T Mobility’s market share will increase from 29.5% to 33.0% over the forecast period, 2009 – 2014.
- Sprint-Nextel’s subscriber market share will continue to decline dramatically over the next five years to reach 7.4% in 2014.
- AT&T Mobility will have 120.8 million subscribers and T-Mobile will have 36.1 million subscribers in 2014.
- Verizon Wireless will continue to be the largest mobile operator in the country, with their subscriber base increasing to 133.6 million in 2014.
- Industry average ARPU level in the United States will remain stable over the forecast period, 2009 – 2014, in the range of $50 – $51 over the next five years.
- Verizon Wireless will continue to enjoy the highest level of profitability in the US wireless market
Since Sprint has cornered about 75% of the 4G spectrum in the United States, it seems odd that Research and Markets is predicting their share will drop more than 50% in five years. But if you want to read why Sprint could shrink to one quarter the size of AT&T and Verizon, you’ll have to buy their report (EUR€ 366.00).