U.S. Mobile Network Operator Wireless Equipment Revenue Forecast, 2018–2022This IDC study analyzes the U.S. wireless equipment revenue market outlook for mobile network operators from 2018 to 2022. This study discusses the key market trends impacting the outlook and examines the key market challenges and competitive dynamics to watch in 2018 and beyond. "Despite a slowing upgrade cycle and weakness in wireless service revenue, mobile network operators have been able to achieve considerable growth in their wireless equipment revenue through the elimination of subsidized handset programs, strong subscriber growth, premium-priced handsets, and the availability of new connected devices, such as wearables," says Jason Leigh, senior research analyst, 5G and Mobility at IDC. "Over the next five years, the impending deployment of 5G networks and their associated use cases, whether enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) or fixed wireless access (FWA), along with the proliferation of connected devices, will combine to drive new equipment revenue opportunities for mobile network operators, provided they can position themselves to remain a viable channel for equipment sales."
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