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Key Credit Factors For The U.S. Wireless Industry Dec 05

  • ID: 2084027
  • December 2005
  • Region: United States
  • Standard & Poors
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  • ALLTEL Corp.
  • AT&T Inc.
  • AT&T Mobility II LLC
  • BellSouth Corp.
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Nextel Partners Inc.
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The increasingly essential nature of wireless service to consumers and businesses is fueling healthy low-double digit subscriber, usage, and revenue growth in the U.S. wireless industry. Rising data services revenue is helping mitigate declining unit pricing for voice services. Recent industry consolidation provides newly combined companies opportunities for operating efficiencies, while carriers continue to benefit from barriers to entry that include substantial investment requirements and spectrum scarcity. Nevertheless, voice services are commoditizing, and despite consolidation, competition is still strong and could intensify as penetration growth slows. Ongoing initiatives to improve service quality and data capability are keeping capital expenditures high. Wireless industry penetration was 65% as of June 30, 2005, according to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). Even...

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- ALLTEL Corp.
- Sprint Communications Inc.
- BellSouth Corp.
- Telephone and Data Systems Inc.
- AT&T Inc.
- Centennial Communications Corp.
- United States Cellular Corp.
- Deutsche Telekom AG
- Qwest Communications International Inc.
- SunCom Wireless Inc.
- Rural Cellular Corp.
- Nextel Partners Inc.
- Vodafone Group PLC
- Leap Wireless International Inc.
- Dobson Communications Corp.
- Verizon Communications Inc.
- AT&T Mobility II LLC
- Cellco Partnership (d/b/a Verizon Wireless)
- Virgin Mobile USA LLC
- SunCom Wireless Holdings, Inc.

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