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List of United States wireless communications service providers


List of United States wireless communications service providers

This is a list of United States wireless communications service providers. The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), lists approximately 30 facilities-based wireless service providers in the United States as members. Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) has over 100 members.[1] Besides the facilities-based providers there are 50+ virtual operators that use the top four networks to provide the service.


  • Largest U.S. wireless providers 1
  • Facilities-based service providers 2
  • Defunct, merged and acquired operators 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Largest U.S. wireless providers

The top 5 wireless telecommunications facilities-based service providers by subscriber count in the United States are:

The top 5 wireless providers have all standardized on 4G LTE as their wireless communication standard, which has been deployed in most major population centers. All 5 wireless providers also maintain legacy voice networks. Of these, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US use GSM, while Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular and Sprint use CDMA. While the top 4 wireless providers operate nationwide wireless networks which cover most of the population in the United States, U.S. Cellular and other smaller carriers provide native network coverage across selected regions of the United States while supplementing nationwide coverage through roaming agreements with other carriers.

Facilities-based service providers

The following table lists service providers that own and manage their network equipment and facilities. See also the complete list of virtual operators. Unless specified otherwise the subscriber count includes subscribers on the virtual networks hosted.

Defunct, merged and acquired operators

Some operators listed below may still function as a separate brand but they no longer own any infrastructure (towers, network, etc.).

See also


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