For some time now, Sprint has blamed the upgrading of its network for the drop in its subscriber rolls. While the mobile operator is finishing the Network Vision update, poor quality service has led large numbers of subscribers to bolt. The trio of Jefferies analysts say that the loss of nearly 900,000 subscribers for the quarter will be among the worst in company history.
The good news is that Sprint could be finished with the modernization of its network by the middle of the year. And once it is done, churn will improve, says the carrier. Sprint has numbers to back that up. In markets where it is 70% complete with the network upgrades, churn has returned to pre-upgrade levels. And in markets where all of the work has ended, churn has dropped below the pre-upgrade level. Thus, Sprint is comfortable with predictions that customer growth will return in the last two quarters of the year.
Of course, there is the possibility that Sprint will offer to buy T-Mobile next month, for $32 billion. The latter has been adding customers thanks to the Pied Piper of mobile, T-Mobile CEO John Legere. Speaking of executives, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse's pay package has received plenty of flak from Institutional Shareholder Services. ISS is a company that suggests to mutual funds and other institutional stock holders, how they should vote their proxies.
ISS says that the $49 million pay that Hesse took home in 2013 was the highest among the executives of the top four mobile carriers, and it has an issue with that paycheck. ISS especially opposes the $18.7 million bonus Hesse received, because it was due to his longevity with the company instead of being performance based. John Legere made $29.2 million, and while that might seem high, if any executive in the industry earned his pay last year, it was the T-Mobile CEO. Legere's number one foil, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, made $23.24 million while Verizon's Lowell McAdam took home $15.82 million. Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead was not listed in the data.
source: FierceWireless via AndroidAuthority