Australia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Australia - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

The Australian mobile market is dominated by the three major mobile network operators Telstra, Optus, and Vodafone (VHA). These have been able to offer LTE services on a wholesale basis thus encouraging growth in the LTE sector.

There is also a significant number of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) in Australia: These companies purchase wholesale mobile services from the MNOs, provide services under their own brand and typically provide their own billing and customer care. Key MVNOs in Australia include Amaysim, Kogan Mobile, Aldi Mobile, Ovo Mobile, Boost Mobile, Lebara Mobile and Virgin Mobile.

Australia's mobile network operators continued to work towards the launch of 5G, laying foundations for the next-generation network and continued to develop and enhance their existing 4G networks on the upgrade pathway to 5G.

By 2019 all three MNOs now provide comprehensive population coverage with their LTE networks and were well on the way to launching 5G services.

In common with most mature markets, in Australia there are significantly more subscribers to mobile services than there are people. Growth is being driven by population increases as well as a rise in the number of people using two or mobile subscriptions commonly one is for personal use and another for business use.

Very slow growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024 with penetration rates predicted to rise only slightly above projected population increase.

Revenue for mobile operators in recent years has been characterised by the continuing take up of services based on LTE technology, and to the rising proportion of mobile data to overall revenue.

All three Australian mobile operators are now investing billions of dollars in their networks annually, with a view to securing new customers and retaining existing ones. Increasingly, consumers are looking to mobile communications for their broadband needs.

Key developments:

Australias mobile network operators continue to work towards the launch of 5G.
Australia is predicted to be one of the top four of markets that will drive the growth of 5G in Asia.
5G connections are predicted to account for around 50-60% of total connections by 2025.
Very slow mobile subscriber growth is predicted over the next five years to 2024.
4.5G and 5G are the new frontiers linked to wearable device communications and other IoT and M2M activities.

Companies mentioned in this report:

VHA, Vodafone, 3, Optus, Huawei, Telstra, Vividwireless, Ericsson, EnergyAustralia, SingTel, Unwired, Kogan Mobile, Apple, Nokia, Google, Ericsson, Samsung, Vodafone, 3, VHA, Optus, Telstra.


  • Synopsis
  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • TOTAL MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS AND MARKET FORECAST
      • Table Mobile subscribers, penetration and annual change (with forecast) - 2009 - 2024
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers, penetration and annual change (with forecast) - 2000 - 2010
    • MOBILE OPERATORS - SUBSCRIBER MARKET SHARES AND GROWTH
      • Table Mobile subscribers (millions) by MNO (with forecast) - 2009 - 2020
      • Table Annual change of mobile subscribers by MNO - 2010 - 2020
      • Table Market share of mobile subscribers by MNO (with forecast) - 2010 - 2020
    • PREPAID AND POSTPAID SUBSCRIBERS BY OPERATOR
      • Table MNO prepaid subscribers (millions) by operator - 2009 - 2020
      • Table MNO market share of prepaid subscribers - 2009 - 2020
      • Table MNO postpaid subscribers (millions) by operator - 2009 - 2019
      • Table MNO market share of postpaid subscribers - 2009 - 2020
      • Table MNO total market of prepaid and postpaid subscribers (millions) - 2009 - 2019
      • Table MNO total market proportion of prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Prepaid as % of total subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Postpaid as % of total subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2019
    • MOBILE SERVICES REVENUES, FORECAST AND MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Total mobile services market revenue and annual change (with forecast) - 2005 - 2020
    • OPERATOR REVENUE STATISTICS OVERVIEW
      • Revenue by major operator
        • Table Mobile market revenue per major operator - 2009 - 2019
        • Table Mobile market revenue market share per major operator - 2009 - 2019
        • Table Annual change of mobile market revenue per major operator - 2010 - 2019
      • Revenue market share and trends by operator
        • Table Mobile market share in revenue per major operator - 2000 - 2019
    • AVERAGE REVENUE PER USER (ARPU)
      • Table Blended monthly ARPU by MNO - 2000 - 2017
      • Table Telstra mobile ARPU - prepaid, postpaid, mobile broadband - 2008 - 2019
      • Table Optus mobile subscriber - monthly ARPU - 2009 - 2019
      • Table VHA monthly ARPU - 2015 - 2019
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS AND FORECAST
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration (with forecast) - 2009 - 2024
      • Table Wireless broadband subscribers by access type - 2009 - 2018
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
      • Introduction
      • 2015 - 2016 developments
      • 2017 developments
      • 2018 developments
      • 2019 developments
    • 4G (LTE)
    • 3G SERVICES
    • 2G SERVICES
    • VOLTE
    • SMALL CELL TECHNOLOGY
    • NB-IOT
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers by mobile network operator - 2007 - 2018
      • Table Estimated mobile broadband data downloaded in Petabytes - 2009 - 2018
  • Mobile spectrum overview
    • SPECTRUM OWNERSHIP AND LICENCES
    • FIFTEEN-YEAR SPECTRUM LICENCE PATHWAY
    • ADDITIONAL SPECTRUM - 5G
  • Mobile spectrum auctions
    • 800MHZ AND 1.8GHZ AUCTIONS
      • Table Spectrum charges for spectrum bandwidth licenses
      • Table 1.8GHz spectrum auction results - 2016
    • 700MHZ AND 2.5GHZ AUCTION RESULTS AUCTIONS
      • Table 700MHz and 2.5GHz auction results
    • 4G AUCTIONS - 2016
      • Table 1800MHz auction results - February 2016
    • RESIDUAL SPECTRUM AUCTION - 2017
    • 700 MHZ SPECTRUM AUCTION 2017
    • 5G SPECTRUM AUCTION
  • Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
    • INTRODUCTION
    • TELSTRA
      • Overview
      • Mobile network
      • LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)
      • Wholesale LTE
      • Gigabit LTE
      • Financial statistics and operating statistics
        • Table Telstra Group - top line Annual financial results - 2009 - 2019
        • Table Telstra mobile prepaid and postpaid revenue - 2008 - 2018
        • Table Telstra mobile services revenue - 2009 - 2019
        • Table Telstra mobile ARPU - prepaid, postpaid, mobile broadband - 2008 - 2019
        • Table Telstra - Mobile subscribers (millions) by prepaid, postpaid, wholesale - 2008 - 2019
    • OPTUS
      • Overview
      • Mobile network
      • 5G developments
      • Financial and operating statistics
        • Table Optus mobile revenue - 2009 - 2019
        • Table Optus - mobile subscribers and annual change - 2008 - 2019
        • Table Optus -mobile pre/postpaid and mobile broadband customers (thousands) - 2008 - 2019
        • Table Optus mobile subscriber - monthly ARPU - 2009 - 2019
    • VODAFONE HUTCHISON AUSTRALIA (VHA)
      • Company overview
      • NBN rollout
      • 3G and HSPA networks
      • 4G LTE and 5G network
      • Financial and operating statistics
        • Table Vodafone Australia revenue - 2009 - 2019
        • Table VHA monthly ARPU - 2015 - 2019
        • Table Vodafone Australia (Group) - subscribers (millions) by type - 2009 - 2019
      • MVNO deals
      • Network upgrades
      • IoT strategy
  • Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs)
    • MARKET DEFINITION
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MARKET STATISTICS
      • Table Historic - Retail mobile subscribers share by MNO and MVNO - 2016 - 2017
      • Table Historic - Retail mobile subscribers share by MNO and MVNO - 2013 - 2015
    • HISTORICAL OVERVIEW
    • AMAYSIM
    • KOGAN MOBILE
    • ALDI MOBILE
    • OVO MOBILE
    • LEBARA MOBILE
    • BOOST MOBILE
    • TRAVELSIM
    • VIRGIN MOBILE
    • WOOLWORTHS MOBILE
    • MEU MOBILE
  • Mobile handsets
    • SMARTPHONE USAGE STATISTICS
      • Table Internet connections via mobile handsets - 2011 - 2018
    • HANDSET SUPPLIER MARKET SHARES
      • Table Australian handset platform market share - 2018
    • WEARABLES AND SMARTWATCHES
  • Appendix - Historic data
    • Table Historic - Annual change of mobile subscribers by carrier - 1995; 1997; 2000 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Retail mobile subscriber market share by MNO and MVNO - 2015 - 2016
    • Table Historic - Share of prepaid subscribers by MNO and MVNO - 2014 - 2015
    • Table Historic - Share of postpaid subscribers by MNO and MVNO - 2014 - 2015
    • Table Historic - Total mobile services market revenue and annual change - 1993 - 2009
    • Table Historic - HTA key metrics - 2009 - 2015
    • Table Historic - Monthly ARPU and by segment - 2009 - 2012
    • Table Historic - Vodafone Australia revenue - 1996; 1998 - 2008
    • Table Historic - VHA MVNO customers - 2014 - 2016
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