TracFone Wireless, the largest MVNO in the U.S., lost 58,000 net customers as its users fled its voice-only plans, leaving the company with 25.7 million total customers at the end of 2015. And parent company América Móvil posted a profit of $835 million in the latest quarter as regulatory sanctions in its home market of Mexico began to take a toll on its bottom line.
Telekom Austria returned to the black in 2015 with a net profit of almost €400 million ($450 million), hailing what CEO Alejandro Plater described as the "best set of full-year results of the past five years."
AT&T continued to pursue the Mexican market with a spectrum-leasing deal and swaps of frequency blocks with Telefonica SA.
Telekom Austria CEO Alejandro Plater said the operator's European expansion plans would not be aided by América Móvil becoming its sole shareholder.
KPN revealed that Oscar von Hauske Solís, COO and board member of América Móvil, is to leave its supervisory board as part of the Mexican company's plan to sell its stake in the Netherlands-based operator.
Intel announced that it is collaborating with América Móvil in Latin America, working in an advisory role to help the operator transform and upgrade its network, or to "cloudify" it, so to speak.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, added around 13,000 total customers in the third quarter, ending with 25.726 million total subscribers. "Our brands Straight Talk, SafeLink and our new brand Total Wireless have shown solid growth whereas our legacy brands registered client disconnections," América Móvil said, indicating that the TracFone, Telcel America and Net10 brands are underperforming in the market as a result of more intense competition.
Ericsson is working with América Móvil to bring the first 5G test system to Brazil in 2016. The two companies also plan to deploy a test system for Internet of Things (IoT) to focus on low battery consumption applications, such as low power sensors for remote areas.
How did the wireless industry perform in the third quarter of 2015? In this earnings summary, we list results from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.
AT&T is starting to rebrand its Mexican wireless operations under its own name and its top Mexican executive acknowledged that while it is starting to shake up the market it still faces a formidable rival in América Móvil, the dominant Mexican carrier.