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Wireless carrier/operator subscriber share in the U.S. 2011-2020

AT&T is the leading provider of mobile services in the United States with a share of 44.5 percent of wireless subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2020. Verizon, and T-Mobile are the other major wireless operators in the United States.  The market share is based on subscription figures reported by the companies in earnings and financial statements. MVNO subscriptions were not taken into account for the statistic.

Seismic shift: T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

  T-Mobile’s 26.5 billion U.S. dollar acquisition of Sprint Corp. became official on April 1st 2020, a merger that temporarily reduced the number of major wireless providers in the United States. Under the terms of the merger, T-Mobile acquired  Sprint’s 33.84 million postpaid subscribers, joining  the 47 million T-Mobile postpaid wireless subscribers.  DISH Network Corporation acquired Sprint’s prepaid mobile business, Boost Mobile, raising that number to four, satisfying the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) that the market would remain competitive. 

AT&T a global market leader

  AT&T is the largest telecommunications company in the world by most measures. AT&T generates more revenue than any of its counterparts around the world, bringing in a whopping 161.5 billion U.S. dollars  in 2020, ahead of nearest-rival Verizon’s 117.5 billion U.S. dollars. AT&T is responsible for assets 525.76 billion U.S. dollars, more than most telecommunications companies, but a long way behind the around 984.38 billion U.S. dollar asset portfolio of China Telecom Corporation. 

  More information on the financials of listed telecommunications companies is available in the Statista DossierPlus – Telco financial KPI benchmarks

Wireless subscriptions market share by carrier in the U.S. from 1st quarter 2011 to 4th quarter 2020*

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Release date

January 2021


United States

Survey time period

1st quarter 2011 to 4th quarter 2020

Supplementary notes

* Market share based on subscriber data shown here for Q4 '15 to Q4 '17. Statista estimates for data from 1Q'18 onwards; based on financial and earnings releases of the companies as shown in the source link and below:
Verizon Financial & Operating Information 4Q20
T-Mobile Financial Results 4Q'20
U.S. Cellular Fourth Quarter 2020 Results
** As of the 1st of May Metro PCS was officially taken over by T-Mobile in a merger that was arranged back in October 2012. *** As of April 1st, 2020 Sprint merged with T-Mobile and the brand Sprint was discontinued in August 2020.

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