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An Insight into Terrestrial Communications

An Insight into Terrestrial Communications

Terrestrial communications in this research refers to all communications technologies which reside on the planet and not in orbit.

Mobile communications is a mix of 2G, 3G, and 4G GSM and CDMA technologies.

Fixed communications is a mix of land-line technologies, such as fiber, cable, and DSL.

Total communications is the combination of all mobile and fixed communications in this research.

Connections refers to any single active device or SIM card on a mobile or fixed network.

Net additions refers to any device or SIM card which is activated on a network.

“in quarter” metrics include all new or occurring connections/growth within that quarter.

“in year” metrics include all new or occurring connections within that quarter and previous 3 quarters combined.

EOP in this research refers to “end of period”.

CQGR in this research refers to “compound quarterly growth rate”.

About this report

Mobile connections have surpassed fixed/land line connections in a relatively short amount of time (less than a decade). Mobile connections continue to increase, not just from users which did not previously have a cellular device, but users now adopting multiple devices. Additionally, users with fixed communications may be likely to switch to mobile communications (losing their fixed communications in the process), while the opposite is not true. It is unlikely for any mobile communications users to cancel their service unless they are simply moving to a different company.


  • Executive Summary
    • Definitions
    • Key Findings
  • Terrestrial Communications, Regional Breakout and Market Analysis
    • Forecast Assumptions and Methodology
    • Key Metrics & Benchmarks
    • North America
      • Table 2014 Total Fixed and Mobile Communications Connections EOP
    • Latin America
      • Table 2014 Total Fixed and Mobile Communications Connections EOP
    • Europe
      • Table 2014 Total Fixed and Mobile Communications Connections EOP
    • APAC
      • Table 2014 Total Fixed and Mobile Communications Connections EOP
    • Russia and Central Asia
      • Table 2014 Total Fixed and Mobile Communications Connections EOP
    • Middle East and Africa
      • Table 2014 Total Fixed and Mobile Communications Connections EOP
    • Terrestrial Communications-The Last Word

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