T-Mobile (TMUS), the third-largest wireless service provider in the United States, continues to challenge the wireless telecom (telecommunications) industry with innovative service plans and more customer benefits every few months rather than just competing on price. The success of these service plan innovations has become evident since major rivals Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Sprint (S) are trying to copy those plans and diversify into other businesses.
During the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference on February 28, 2018, Braxton Carter, T-Mobile’s chief financial officer, talked about T-Mobile’s top priorities for 2018. Carter stated that the first priority in 2018 is to continue investing in the network, mainly due to its 600 MHz (megahertz) spectrum deployment. The second priority is to continue to innovate and disrupt the marketplace with new Un-carrier initiatives. Its third priority is to balance growth while improving overall profitability.
Wall Street analysts expect T-Mobile’s EPS (earnings per share) to increase 22.5% YoY (year-over-year) to $3.32 in 2018 compared with $2.71 a year ago in 2017.
As of the end of 4Q17, by subscribers, T-Mobile was the third-largest player in the US wireless space. The other two large telecom companies are AT&T and Verizon. Sprint had the fourth-largest wireless subscriber base in the United States at the end of the same quarter.