T-Mobile US ended the third quarter of 2013 with 45.039 million customers, an increase of 1.023 million customers quarter-on-quarter. Of these, 672,000 were ‘branded’ customer accounts, with post-paid subscriptions accounting for the bulk of the net additions (648,000). T-Mobile also added 344,000 new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) accounts and 7,000 machine-to-machine (M2M) connections. T-Mobile’s total revenues increased by 7.4% q-o-q primarily due to the inclusion of MetroPCS results for the full quarter and higher equipment revenues due to record smartphone sales. On a pro forma combined basis, total revenues for Q3 2013 grew by 0.6% q-o-q.
T-Mobile now claims Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity in 94 of the top 100 US markets and plans to eventually cover 90% of the top 25 markets with 20×20MHz LTE. T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said that rollout will include ‘substantial’ deployments in 2014, but will be contingent on how quickly T-Mobile can repurpose MetroPCS’ AWS spectrum. In trials of 20×020MHz LTE the cellco has seen peak downlink speeds of 147Mbps and uplink speeds of up to 40Mbps, although these transmission speeds are likely going to be substantially reduced in real-world conditions.