Verizon results beat estimates as 5G push attracts more customers

Verizon results beat estimates as 5G push attracts more customers

Verizon Communications Inc said on Wednesday it added more monthly bill-paying phone subscribers than expected during the second quarter, helped by higher demand for 5G-related services and devices as the economy reopens.

The Verizon store in Superior
FILE PHOTO: The Verizon store in Superior, Colorado, U.S., July 27, 2017. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

REUTERS -Verizon Communications Inc on Wednesday beat estimates for quarterly results, as higher demand for 5G-related services and devices helped the wireless carrier add more subscribers at a brisk pace.

The company has been investing heavily in its 5G wireless network, the much-touted technology that is expected to enable faster internet and better coverage, to make its offerings more attractive in the face of intense competition in the industry.

Verizon added 275,000 postpaid phone subscribers in the second quarter, above FactSet estimates of 174,800, as the reopening of its stores also helped drive subscriber growth.

Analysts and investors closely watch postpaid phone figures, as those customers pay a recurring monthly bill, making them valuable to the carriers.

"5G sell-through is clearly over 50per cent of total sales, and the second half of the year will see US carriers continuing to push to upgrade the base to unlimited 5G service plans," said Jeff Fieldhack, research director at Counterpoint Research.

Verizon's total operating revenue rose 10.9per cent to US$33.8 billion in the second quarter, compared with estimates of US$32.74 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Excluding items, the company earned US$1.37 per share, beating estimates of US$1.30.

Capital expenditures was about US$8.7 billion in the first half of the year.

Shares of Verizon rose 1.2per cent in premarket trading.

(Reporting by Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Anil D'Silva)

Source: Reuters

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