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Capital Expenditure Report, 2015–2020: Spending on ICT Convergence Technology Continues to Be a Key Focus for CSPs

Capital Expenditure Report, 2015–2020: Spending on ICT Convergence Technology Continues to Be a Key Focus for CSPsThis IDC study analyzes the global telecom capital expenditure pattern for the financial year 2015. The network operators in the advanced markets continue their efforts in making their network future-ready by investing on virtualization and digital infrastructure. Telcos on the other side of the spectrum continue to improve their 3G coverage along with setting up new 4G/LTE network in phases eventually building up the momentum for increased adoption of mobile data among their consumers.According to Venkatesh Mahale, assistant manager, Worldwide Telecommunications Research, "Operators' cumulative investments in the next five years are estimated to be about $1.7 trillion, predominantly toward cloud-based technologies coupled with big data until 2018 and 5G network buildout thereafter."


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Methodology
Situation Overview
FY15 Worldwide View
2016–2020 Forecast
Regional Analysis
Top 10 Carrier Groups by Spending
United States
AT&T: Completion of Project VIP in 2015
Verizon: Continuing Wireless Investments and Preparing for Pilot 5G in 2016
Comcast
Europe (Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe)
Telefónica: Increased Capital Programs in Latin America
Orange: Capital Spending Driven by Fiber Network Investments
Deutsche Telekom: Increased Spending in the United States and Germany
Vodafone: Project Spring Investment Program on Path to Completion
Japan: Continued Decline in Capex
NTT: Continued Reduction in Spending
KDDI: Focus on Maximizing Efficiency and Minimizing Capex
Asia/Pacific Excluding Japan: Telcos Striving to Accommodate Growing Data Traffic and Enhance Voice Quality
China Mobile: In Transition to a Full Service Operator
China Unicom: Accelerated Investment in 4G Networks Expansion, All-Fiber Network and Central Office Innovation
China Telecom: Creating the "New China Telecom" with Enhanced Vitality and Return
Latin America: Steady Investments in Telco Infrastructure Continued in Spite of Overall Economic Slowdown
America Movil: Overall Capex Declines in Spite of Growth in LTE and FTTH Deployment
Middle East and Africa: High-Growth Potential Market But Uncertain Economic and Political Unrest Jeopardizing Operator Investments
Future Outlook
Forecast and Assumptions
Market Context
Essential Guidance
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