AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile telecom Capex down 8% to $9.3 billion in Q3 2011

combined telecom Capex of AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, three major telecom
operators in the U.S., decreased 7.86 percent in Q3 2011 to $9.3 billion from
$10.1 billion in Q3 2010.


Capex declined marginally to $5.22 billion in Q3 2011 from $5.27 billion in Q3


spent $3.4 billion in Q3 2011 compared with $4.2 billion in the same quarter
previous year. Verizon’s capex for wireless was $1.8 billion, while the company
spent around $1.6 billion for expanding and upgrading wireline network. Till
date this year, Verizon’s wireline spend is down by 6.5 percent.


increasedits quarterly Capex to $741 million in
Q3 2011 from $688 million in Q3 2010. In the third quarter of 2011, incurred
capital expenditures remained consistent with the second quarter of 2011 and
the third quarter of 2010 as a result of the continued build-out of the HSPA+
21 and HSPA+ 42 networks.


USA has continued to invest in its HSPA+ 42 network, which reached over 170
million people as of the end of the third quarter of 2011, doubling the
theoretical speed of its 4G network to 42 Mbps.


posted service revenues of $4.67
billion in the third quarter of 2011, while its contract ARPU was $53.


In the third quarter of 2011, 10.1 million customers were using 3G/4G
smartphones, up 40 percent compared to 7.2 million in the third quarter of 2010.
T-Mobile USA served
33.6 million customers at the end of the second quarter of 2011.


For the
quarter ended September 30, 2011, AT&T’s consolidated revenues totaled
$31.5 billion, down $103 million, versus the year-earlier quarter. AT&T
posted a net gain in total wireless subscribers of 2.1 million, to reach
100.7 million in service.


In wireless,
capital spending in the third quarter totaled $1.8 billion, which was
significantly less than the $2.7 billion spend in each of the first 2 quarters
of this year. Second half spending will also be lower than the first half,
particularly with regard to 3G capacity.


invested $12.5 billion in capital through 9 months. It is on track to meet its full
year guidance of $16.5 billion, which is equal to the amount Verizon spent last


Consolidated revenue of Verizon in the third quarter increased
to $27.9 billion or 5.4 percent year-over-year. Retail postpaid ARPU was
$54.89, up 2.4 percent year-over-year.


By Baburajan K

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