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Fitch: Tablets Drive PostPaid Wireless Additions During Third Quarter

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Postpaid wireless net additions among the USA's largest wireless operators surged 90% during third quarter 2013 when compared with the same period during 2012. Higher postpaid gross additions, combined with improved to stable subscriber churn, contributed to rise of postpaid net additions.

Fitch Ratings estimates tablets and other Internet connected devices constituted 54% of the 1.4 million postpaid subscriber units added during the third quarter of 2013.

Subscriber addition metrics of the leading wireless operators were buoyed by the continued resurgence of T-Mobile USA's operating performance. Verizon led all wireless operators with approximately 927,000 postpaid wireless additions during third-quarter 2013, but T-Mobile's postpaid subscriber metrics represent the largest turnaround among the leading wireless operators. The company added 648,000 postpaid subscribers during the quarter reflecting a 1.1 million net improvement relative to third-quarter 2012, when T-Mobile lost approximately 492,000 postpaid customers.

Fitch estimates the largest video service providers gained 23,000 video subscribers during the third quarter of 2013 marking an improvement relative to the 50,000 video subscribers lost during the third quarter of 2012. Additionally, Fitch believes the largest multi-channel video programming distributors gained approximately 27,000 video customers during the LTM ended Sept. 30, 2013.

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