BuddeComm Intelligence Report - The Global Mobile Market in 2020 - Industry Trends and Statistics

BuddeComm Intelligence Report - The Global Mobile Market in 2020 - Industry Trends and Statistics

In 2020 the global mobile industry is poised for evolution with the development of 5G well underway. While it is not yet possible to assess the full impact of 5G; if predictions are correct then we will soon see both a transformation and disruption occurring to both the mobile sector and many associated industries.

While we wait for this evolution to fully unfold; the industry is not sitting still with significant investment being directed towards deploying and upgrading 4G LTE technology - as it is required to underpin 5G. Capital expenditure is being focused towards deploying fibre-based broadband networks, as these will also be required as the backbone for 5G.

BuddeComm notes that ultimately, the operators are very focused on the bottom-line and increasing revenues is a top priority given the number of markets which are now saturated in terms of mobile subscriber growth.

In the emerging markets, which often still rely heavily on 3G, and even 2G technology; we are seeing a resurgence in the use of mobile satellite for such areas. The global governing industry bodies, like the United Nations and Global Mobile Suppliers Association, are very keen to see the emerging markets gain access to improved mobile services to ensure they have access to important social and economic communications and services.

This BuddeComm report explores the key issues impacting upon the global mobile industry and is supported by key subscriber statistics for both mobile and mobile broadband. The report provides global statistics on mobile technologies, mobile revenue and CAPEX and mobile data.

For further information on 5G, see separate report: BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Regional Countries.

Kylie Wansink, February 2020

Key developments:

Mobile penetration continues to vary widely throughout the world in 2020.
There are a large number of consumers with multiple mobile subscriptions globally.
The recent outbreak of the new global strain of Coronavirus, which originated in China, is impacting upon production and supply chains all around the world. This includes the mobile devices sector and its associated equipment and services.
While 4G LTE has a good penetration in many markets of the world; there are some developing countries where there is still a mix of 2G and 3G networks in use, especially in more rural and poorer districts.
Low cost affordable handsets and second-hand devices are also popular in the emerging markets.
The number of Wi-Fi hotspot around the world continues to grow, driven by the consumers, businesses, Wi-Fi providers, and Telecom operators.


1 Global mobile market analysis 2020
1.1 Mobile economy is a key focus area
2 CoronaVirus and its impact on the industry
2.1 Multi-faceted impact on the telecoms sector
2.2 Coronavirus and its impact on market segments
2.3 Mobile plays an important role in digital inclusion
2.4 Mobile satellite is important for emerging markets
3 Global mobile market - key statistics
3.1 Global mobile subscriptions
4 Global mobile broadband statistics
4.1 Global mobile broadband subscriptions
4.2 Regional mobile broadband penetration
4.3 Mobile data traffic
5 4G LTE the dominant mobile technology
5.1 LTE and spectrum use
5.2 Other LTE trends
5.3 Global LTE statistics
6 Global VoLTE overview
7 Global WiFi market
8 Mobile industry financial insights
8.1 Global mobile revenue and CAPEX
9 Conclusion
10 Related reports
Table 1 Number of operators and countries investing in 5G - 2019
Table 2 Global unique mobile subscribers 2010 - 2020
Table 3 Regional - mobile subscriptions (including multiples) 2014 2019
Table 4 Regional ITU - mobile subscription penetration (including multiples) 2014 2019
Table 5 Global - Top 10 public telecoms operators by revenue 2018
Table 6 Global 5G mobile subscription forecast 2020 2023
Table 7 Global smart phone shipments 2016 2020
Table 8 Global market share of mobile technologies 2018
Table 9 Global active multiple mobile broadband subscriptions 2014 2020
Table 10 Global active mobile broadband penetration developed versus developing markets - 2014 2019
Table 11 Regional mobile broadband penetration 2014 2019
Table 12 - Regional active mobile broadband subscriptions 2014 - 2019
Table 13 Global LTE subscriptions 2012 2019
Table 14 Global LTE network commitments 2014; 2019
Table 15 4G LTE mobile subscriber market share by region 2019
Table 16 Global VoLTE subscriptions 2017 - 2024
Table 17 Global number of public Wi-Fi hotspots 2019 - 2022
Table 18 Global - mobile revenue 2018 - 2025
Table 19 Global mobile CAPEX by major region/country 2018; 2025
Chart 1 Current mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates in countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite
Chart 2 Global market share of mobile technologies - 2018
Exhibit 1 VoLTE history: data first, voice second
Exhibit 2 Homespots

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