FirstNet Reaches 300,000 Subscribers, 3.3M Connections
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 | Comments

The FirstNet network now has about 3.3 million connections across 300,000 subscribers according to AT&T’s first-quarter 2022 financial results.

All told, in the quarter, the carrier saw a net gain of 5.5 million subscribers and as of March 31, 2022, had total wireless subscribers of about 196.6 million. Of those net adds for the quarter, 300,000 came from FirstNet, said AT&T Chief Financial officer (CFO) Pascal Desroches.

“And I think as I would stress, one of the things that’s really important to understand is we’re not getting our growth just through one set of go-to-market actions here,” said AT&T CEO John Stankey during an earnings call. “I know you’re focused and thinking about what we’re doing in the consumer space right now. But I want to stress, FirstNet has been really strong for us. … So, our growth portfolio is a balanced portfolio and it’s not hinging on any one strategy. And I’ve been saying this all along, you need to understand that there’s not any one thing we’re doing, it’s a variety of things that we’re doing on distribution that are adding up to the sum total of this and feel good about that.”

All told, revenues for the mobility segment were $20.1 billion, up 5% compared to the first quarter of 2021. Operating expenses for the segment were $14.2 billion, which was up 9.5% compared to the previous year’s quarter. Stankey and Desroches attributed this increase in costs to one times events such as the shutdown of the carrier’s 3G network.

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