Third-quarter earnings results from MetroPCS have provoked a mixed reaction, with growth in net income and revenues but a fall in average revenue per user (ARPU) and accelerating customer losses.
Net income for the fifth-biggest mobile-phone operator in the US was $193 million, compared with $69 million during the same period last year, but included a securities settlement of $53 million.
Total revenues grew by 4% to $1.26 billion.
Japan's Softbank said on Wednesday it plans 700 billion yen ($8.8 billion) in capital expenditure in the year to next March 31.
Softbank (Tokyo, Japan), which announced this month it would buy a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel Corp, the third-largest U.S. carrier, said it plans capex of 550 billion yen ($6.9 billion) in following year to March 2014.
(Reporting by Mari Saito; Editing by Michael Watson)
China Telecom reported declining profits for the first nine months of the year as higher costs associated with its launch of the iPhone ate into revenues.
The smallest of China’s three network operators, China Telecom (Beijing, China) boasted a 15.1% increase in operating revenues for the first nine months, to 210 billion yuan ($33.6 billion), compared with the corresponding period of 2011, with take-up of smartphone services fuelling top-line growth.
ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported a $310 million quarterly net loss, its first since listing in Hong Kong in 2004, on shredded margins, project delays and accounting changes in China.
Shenzhen-based ZTE, led by Shi Lirong, had previously warned its quarterly loss could be as much as 2 billion yuan - eight times its first-half profit - triggering a 16 percent drop in its stock price on October 15, a self-imposed 50 percent pay cut by executives, and warnings from Fitch ratings agency.
Telecoms equipment maker Ericsson reported a 42 percent drop in core profit and promised more cost cuts to protect itself from tough competition and slowing orders.
Telecom gear makers are under stress from price pressures and slower spending by the operators that are their clients, factors that Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) - the world's number one mobile network equipment maker - said would continue in the short term.
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AT&T Inc posted third-quarter revenue below Wall Street estimates as it added fewer customers than expected, citing a shortage of the latest Apple Inc iPhone.
The No. 2 U.S. mobile service provider said it had 151,000 net new subscribers in the quarter, compared with the average expectation for 358,000, according to five analysts contacted by Reuters.
Its bigger rival, Verizon Wireless (New York, USA), added 1.5 million subscribers in the quarter.
Mobile operator EE said Britain's first 4G service will cost from 36 pounds ($57.72) a month under a pricing strategy designed to lure smartphone customers to its superfast network before rivals are able to launch competing products.
Chief Executive Olaf Swantee said the company's tariffs, which range from 36 pounds for 500MB of data to 56 pounds for 8GB, were about 10-20 percent more than for equivalent 3G plans. He said it was a small premium to pay for up to five times faster connections.
Norwegian telecoms firm Telenor
Telenor (Fornebu, Norway), which has over 150 million subscribers across Europe and Asia, said earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 6.1 percent to 8.796 billion crowns ($1.53 billion), beating the average of forecasts for 8.54 billion crowns.
Equipment maker Juniper Networks reported an 80% decline in third-quarter net income as restructuring costs chewed into revenues that were only slightly up on 2011 results.
Net income came in at $17 million, compared with $84 million during the third quarter of 2011, while revenues rose to $1.12 billion from $1.11 billion a year earlier.
The company has been hit by a reduction in spending on network equipment, as operators lower their capital expenditure in response to the poor economic conditions.