USA - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
Growth in the US mobile subscriber base has slowed in line with high penetration levels. Revenue from voice services is stagnant though compensated for by high growth in mobile data use. This is partly the result of high penetration of smartphones, which is above 90% of subscribers for some carriers, as well as the excellent LTE infrastructure in place. Data will growth more rapidly after 2018 when 5G services, due to be trialled later in 2016, become commercially viable. ,Revenue from mobile data remains subject to considerable price competition among the main players. Growth in data ARPU is largely offsetting the ongoing decline in voice services ARPU. A potential shift market dynamics can be expected in coming years following the FCC's recommendation that mobile broadband be subject to network neutrality rules.
This report provides analyses as well as key statistics and forecasts on the US mobile market, including telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2015. It also provides an assessment of telcos' strategies, regulatory policies, and market developments in emerging technologies.
AT&T and Verizon announce plans for 5G trials by end-2016; FCC considers both low-end and high-end spectrum bands for possible 5G use; FCC proceeds with Citizens Broadband Radio Service, securing an additional 100MHz in the 3.5GHz-3.7GHz bands; Google launches Project Fi MVNO; FCC concludes AWS auction, securing $44.9 billion, auction of 600MHz broadcast spectrum set for March 2016; Verizon Wireless prepares sale and lease-back deal for tower portfolio; AT&T to close down 2G infrastructure by end-2016; AT&T closes acquisition of DirecTV's US and Latin American businesses; T-Mobile US and AT&T introduce VoLTE services; Verizon's LTE network providing 97% population coverage, Verizon secures AWS spectrum from cablcos; Sprint closes iDEN network; LightSquared files for bankruptcy and ends LTE ambitions; FCC concludes auction of H block spectrum in the 1900MHz band; FCC begins measuring mobile broadband performance; FCC deals with 3G dead zones with Mobility Fund auction; report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.