US telecoms giant AT&T Inc has reported consolidated revenue of USD32.158 billion for the three months to 30 September 2013, an increase of 2.2% year-on-year. Wireless sales accounted for the lion’s share of turnover in 3Q13, rising 5.1% to USD17.480 billion, while third-quarter wireline revenue was down 1.0% to USD14.670 million. EBITDA for 3Q13 increased y-o-y to USD6.498 billion, but dropped slightly quarter-on-quarter. Meanwhile, net income increased 5.5% from USD3.635 billion to USD3.814 billion.
In operational terms, AT&T Mobility saw its user base reach 109.46 million as of 1 October, of which 72.032 were post-paid subscriptions, and 7.425 million were pre-paid. 14.089 million user accounts are attributed to resellers, while a further 15.914 million are said to be ‘connected devices’. Post-paid average revenue per user (ARPU) increased by 3.1% y-o-y to USD66.20 per month, representing the 19th consecutive quarterly rise. The carrier sold 1.2 million post-paid smartphones in 3Q13, and claims that 75%, or 50.6 million, of its contract customers now have such devices, up from 66%, or 44.5 million, one year earlier. Further, more than 42% of AT&T’s post-paid smartphone user base possess a Long Term Evolution (LTE)-capable device, while 70% have a HSPA+ compatible handset.