T-Mobile’s postpaid subscribers
In this series, we will look at some aspects of T-Mobile’s (TMUS) performance in comparison to its peers in 4Q15. Let’s start with T-Mobile’s postpaid customer growth in the saturated US wireless space during the quarter. As per preliminary figures by the telecom company, its postpaid base grew by a robust ~16.6% YoY (year-over-year) to ~31.7 million at the end of 4Q15. This customer growth continued to be significantly higher than reported growth from other top US wireless players like Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Sprint (S).
During 4Q15, AT&T’s wireless postpaid subscribers in its domestic operations grew by ~1.8% YoY to ~77.1 million. Meanwhile, Verizon’s postpaid customers rose by ~4.4% YoY to ~106.5 million by the end of the quarter. Additionally, postpaid customers for the Sprint platform rose ~4.7% YoY to reach ~30.9 million at the end of the same quarter.
Postpaid customer growth momentum for T-Mobile in 4Q15
Now let’s look at T-Mobile’s net additions of customers in the postpaid component in 4Q15. As per preliminary figures by the telecom company, on a net basis, the company added ~1.3 million postpaid customers during the quarter. These net additions grew ~1.3% YoY during 4Q15.
In the postpaid phone category, the net additions of the carrier were ~917,000. This figure fell ~11.6% YoY during the quarter. Meanwhile, on a net basis, the company’s mobile broadband additions increased robustly by ~56.9% YoY to ~375,000 during 4Q15.
Instead of direct exposures to US telecom companies, you can consider diversified exposure to the space by investing in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY). The ETF had invested ~2.4% of its holdings in US telecom companies at the end of December 2015.