SOURCE: Technology Business Research

October 10, 2006 16:18 ET

Verizon Wireless Tops Technology Business Research's 2Q06 NBQ U.S. & Canada Mobile Operators Benchmark

HAMPTON, NH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 --Verizon Wireless scored highest among the U.S. carriers in TBR's 2Q06 NBQ U.S. & Canada Mobile Operators Benchmark, replacing Sprint Nextel at the top of the rankings. The company finished second in two out of three categories, Go-to-Market & Product Strategies and Resource Management Strategy, and third in Financial Model Strategy. Furthermore, Verizon Wireless finished in the top three in 13 out of 26 operational and financial metrics TBR tracks in the NBQ U.S. & Canada Mobile Operators Benchmark.

Verizon Wireless continues to increase its market share of the most lucrative market segment, postpaid retail, adding 1.7 million postpaid net additions in the quarter while posting another quarter of record low churn. Sprint Nextel's second-place performance was driven by favorable year-to-year comparisons, while Cingular posted significant improvement in benchmark results compared to the prior quarter. ALLTEL received the highest score among regional U.S. carriers, while TELUS Mobility scored highest among Canadian operators.

Commenting on the 2Q06 benchmark results, TBR Analyst John Byrne said, "As overall industry growth slows, wireless carriers will need to rely on defections from other carriers for a larger proportion of new customers. Verizon Wireless is clearly in the dominant position to poach customers from its competitors, particularly if its plan to eliminate fixed penalties for early contract termination is matched by other operators."

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