|[April 18, 2012]
Fitch: Post-Paid Drive Wireless Additions during Fourth Quarter
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
Approximately 4.7 million revenue generating units (RGUs) were added by
the largest telecommunication service providers in 4Q'11, led by
approximately 5.1 million wireless subscriber additions, according to a
special report issued by Fitch Ratings.
Increasing smartphone penetration and the launch of the iPhone (News - Alert) 4S were
the primary catalysts supporting a 57% year over year increase of
post-paid subscribers, highlighting the fourth quarter results.
Additionally strong high speed data subscriber additions, along with
improving video subscriber loss trends contributed to a 30% year over
year gain in RGU additions among the largest cable multiple system
Fitch's special report 'U.S. Communications Industry Leaders Competitive
Scorecard' discusses trends in the 4Q'11 regarding the scope and depth
of the competitive overlap of leading telecommunications operators. The
report compares the competitive positions of the leading local exchange
carriers (LEC), cable multiple system operators (MSOs), wireless service
providers and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operators.
The report also summarizes key operating metrics financial statistics,
particularly related to key forecast items such as revenue growth,
margin changes, capital re-investment and debt. Addiionally, the report
includes summary comments concerning key developments in the quarter.
This quarterly report can be found at 'www.fitchratings.com'
under the following headers:
Sectors >> Corporate Finance >> Corporates >> Special Reports
Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
Applicable Criteria and Related Research: U.S. Communications Industry
Leaders Competitive Scorecard -- Fourth-Quarter 2011
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