According to a report recently released by Wave7 Research (and picked up by FierceWireless), T-Mobile is in a good position to overtake AT&T in terms of the total number of retail stores operating within the United States. Wave7 observed that despite being the second largest carrier in America, AT&T has been shutting down some its stores in the last several months.
T-Mobile, on the other hand, has been aggressive in its efforts to launch new outlets lately. Ever since acquiring its new 700 MHz and 600 MHz spectrum last year, it has been leveraging those airwaves in order to improve its coverage in markets and regions it has not reached before, prompting the carrier to plant even more stores. John Legere, the chief executive officer of the company, had stated last July that T-Mobile was aiming to open 500 more new outlets, that is, in addition to the 1,000 new locations it had already launched. For 2017, the carrier was also planning to open 1,500 new branches for its prepaid arm, MetroPCS.
According to Wave7, T-Mobile is expected to have about 5,400 retail stores by the end of last year. The carrier was targeting to close 2017 with almost 17,000 branded locations in the US selling either T-Mobile or MetroPCS services. As indicated in its official Q3 2017 report, the company’s network expansion efforts should improve its total distribution footprint to 260 to 270 million users at year’s end.
Source: Fierce Wireless