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Global - Key Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband Statistics

This annual report offers a wealth of information on the dynamic global telecoms sector. The report includes analyses, statistics, forecasts and trends. It provides a comprehensive perspective of the overall global industry and explores key issues and trends.

 Subjects covered include:

  • Key Global Telecoms Statistics & Trends;
  • Key Global Broadband Statistics including Fibre-to-the-Home;
  • Key Global VoIP statistics;
  • Key Global Mobile Statistics;
  • Key Global Mobile Prepaid Statistics;
  • Key Global Mobile Handset Statistics;
  • Key Global Mobile Broadband Statistics


Global Telecoms in StatisticsThe vibrant global telecommunications industry has faced many challenges over the last decade including regulatory and technology changes, a severe industry downturn, consolidation, market saturation, declining prices and major inroads by mobile services.

In recent times the focus has been primarily on surviving the economic downturn. While the various sectors that comprise the global telecommunications industry have been impacted upon in different ways; as a whole the industry has been quite resilient when compared to some other industries such as automotive, retail and travel.

In particular, growth in the mobile and fixed broadband sectors has continued and mobile subscriber penetration now sits at around 70% on a global level. The use of mobile data and mobile broadband services has also grown due to capped data packages, strong competition, smart phones and increased 3G penetration.

The next phase of mobile technology and services rests upon the development of wireless broadband and in particular the 4G technology, Long-term evolution (LTE). In the interim however, mobile users continue to utilise the 3G and 3.5G (HSPA) services on offer and there are around 650 million 3G/3.5G subscribers worldwide.

In 2010 almost 25% of the global population will use the Internet. Future growth of Internet users is expected from countries with large populations such as India, the Russian Federation and China; which are already showing signs of significant growth.

The financial crisis has led to global attention focusing on high-speed broadband based on Fibre-to-the- Home (FttH) and deployments are expected to grow steadily for at least the next five years. This is due to a growing recognition, particularly amongst government bodies, that broadband does not only offer high-speed Internet services; it is also important for national infrastructure and will underpin a range of positive social and economic developments.

There is no doubt that the next ten years will bring further exiting developments to the increasingly vital telecommunications industry. The foundations for change are already in motion and the continuing deployment of high-speed broadband and developments relating to 4G technology will provide the infrastructure to ignite the new innovations and revolutions of the future.

This report provides a valuable overview of the dynamic global telecoms sector. The report includes key global telecoms statistics such as the number of fixed lines; mobile subscribers; 3G-4G subscribers; text messages; handset sales; Internet users; broadband subscribers; VoIP and mobile broadband statistics. Also provided are broad statistics on worldwide telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX), overall telecoms spending and revenues and key satellite services statistics. Information on the top 25 carriers’ worldwide and top 15 carriers in emerging markets is also provided along with outsourcing and MVNO market statistics.

Market highlights:The global telecoms industry numbers have become impressive and there are now billions of mobile and fixed connections worldwide.In terms of sales, AT&T, Verizon and NTT have been the global top 3 publicly listed carriers since at least 2007.The resilient mobile industry is still growing despite the challenges and overall global mobile revenues are predicted to reach over $1 trillion around 2012.While 3G technology has made inroads; the 2G GSM technology retains the largest market share with well over 4 billion subscribers worldwide. Forecast worldwide telecom statistics at a glance - 2010

telecom statistic forecasts |
Population | 6.9 billion |
Fixed lines | 1.4 billion |
Mobile subscribers | 5.1 billion |
Mobile text messages sent | 4.2 trillion |
Internet users | 1.6 billion |
Fixed broadband subscribers | 580 million |
(Source: BuddeComm forecasts, 2010)

Handset sales in Q1 2010 were higher than expected, due to a strong growth in global smart phone sales and also the continuing uptake of unbranded low cost mobile devices in emerging markets.China is the world’s largest mobile communications market. The number of mobile subscribers in China surpassed the number of fixed-line subscribers in 2003.The high costs of data services, inadequate network speeds and inferior mobile interfaces initially held the mobile broadband/data market back. But as some of these issues are slowly resolved; the mobile broadband market is finally gaining momentum.By the end of 2010 there will be well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FTTx subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% penetration of households using FTTx.Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

1. Global Telecoms Market 2010
1.1 Key global telecoms statistics & trends at a glance
1.1.1 Global telecoms statistics at a glance
1.1.2 Ranking of top carriers
1.1.3 Global telecommunications expenditure and revenue
1.1.4 Satellite services
1.1.5 Global telecoms outsourcing
1.1.6 MVNOs
1.1.7 Conclusions
2. Key Broadband Statistics
2.1 Broadband statistical overview
2.1.1 The need for high-speed networks
2.1.2 Trans-sector approach to broadband infrastructure
2.1.3 Key global broadband statistics
2.1.4 FttH going forward
2.1.5 Fibre-based access
2.1.6 Leading markets
2.1.7 FTTx market statistics
2.1.8 Fibre-to-the-X: the economics of last-mile fibre
2.1.9 Regulating fibre: a global issue
2.1.10 FttH drivers
2.1.11 FttH business models
2.1.12 Conclusion: Cable TV networks - like the fast steam trains?
2.2 VoIP market overview
2.2.1 Introduction
2.2.2 VoIP market overview and statistics
2.2.3 Selected case studies
3. Key Mobile Statistics
3.1 Global mobile subscriber and revenue statistics
3.1.1 Mobile market 2010
3.1.2 Global mobile subscriber statistics
3.1.3 Mobile usage and call charges overview
3.1.4 Overview of global ARPU developments
3.1.5 Overview of historical global ARPU developments
3.1.6 Mobile revenue growth and CAPEX forecast
3.2 Mobile handset market and statistics
3.2.1 Historical handset market growth
3.2.2 Mobile handset statistics and forecasts
3.2.3 Global handset suppliers
3.2.4 Smartphones
3.2.5 Other trends and developments
3.2.6 Safety and security issues
3.3 Prepaid mobile market and statistics
3.3.1 Prepaid mobile services
3.3.2 Key prepaid trends and developments
3.3.3 Worldwide prepaid subscribers
4. Key Mobile Broadband Statistics
4.1 Global mobile broadband key trends
4.1.1 Introduction
4.1.2 Wireless broadband - 4G developments
4.1.3 Mobile broadband/data growth
4.1.4 Key mobile media industry segments: statistics and forecasts
4.1.5 Mobile advertising
5. Glossary of Abbreviations
List of Tables and Exhibites
Table 1 - Worldwide telecom statistics at a glance - 2010
Table 2 - Worldwide Internet users and annual change - 2000 - 2010
Table 3 - Worldwide Internet penetration by region - 2009
Table 4 - Top ten ranking by country for Internet users - Q3 2009
Table 5 - Top 25 publicly listed carriers worldwide by sales - 2009
Table 6 - Top 15 publicly listed carriers worldwide by sales (historical) - 2008
Table 7 - Top 15 publicly listed carriers in emerging markets - 2009
Table 8 - Top 15 publicly listed carriers in emerging markets (historical) - 2008
Table 9 - Global telecoms capital expenditure - 2008 - 2010
Table 10 - Global telecoms revenue - 2002; 2006; 2008 - 2010
Table 11 - Global telecoms expenditure as a percentage of GDP - 1990; 2006; 2009
Table 12 - Worldwide satellite industry revenue - 2003; 2006; 2008 - 2009
Table 13 - Worldwide satellite services revenue - 2003; 2006; 2008
Table 14 - Worldwide number of outsourcing contracts signed across all sectors - 2004 - 2009
Table 15 - Worldwide total contract value of outsourced services across all sectors - 2007 - 2008
Table 16 - Leading regions in terms of outsourcing contract market share all sectors - 2006; 2008
Table 17 - Worldwide MVNO subscribers - 2005; 2009; 2010; 2013
Table 18 - Worldwide MVNO services revenue - 2001 - 2006; 2009; 2012
Table 19 - Fixed broadband subscribers compared to total Internet subscribers worldwide - 2006; 2008; 2010
Table 20 - Worldwide broadband subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2010
Table 21 - Top 10 countries worldwide by fixed broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2009
Table 22 - Regional share of broadband subscribers - Q1 2009
Table 23 - Broadband access among Internet households - selected countries - 2004 - 2010
Table 24 - Top 13 OECD countries’ broadband penetration and ranking - 2001; 2006; 2008
Table 25 - Top 10 OECD countries - broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2008
Table 26 - Worldwide DSL subscribers - 2000 - 2010
Table 27 - Worldwide broadband market share by access technology - 2009
Table 28 - OECD broadband market share by access technology - 2007 - 2008
Table 29 - OECD countries with cheapest broadband price per Mb/s - 2007 - 2008
Table 30 - Worldwide average monthly broadband price by technology - 2008
Table 31 - OECD average advertised broadband speeds by technology - 2008
Table 32 - Leading countries market share of fixed broadband services revenue - 2009
Table 33 - Total fixed broadband services revenue worldwide - 2006; 2009; 2014
Table 34 - Fibre penetration and subscribers in select European countries - 2008 - 2009
Table 35 - Proportion of fibre subscribers per home passed in select European countries - Jan 2009
Table 36 - FTTx subscribers and homes passed in Europe - 2007 - 2008
Table 37 - FTTx deployments by model in Europe - 2006; 2008
Table 38 - Worldwide - Number of FTTx subscribers - comparison of analysts’ estimates
Table 39 - USA; Europe; Asia-Pacific - number of FTTx subscribers - 2007 - 2009
Table 40 - Worldwide - number of countries with an FttH market penetration of more than 1%
Table 41 - Worldwide - Top 10 markets with FTTx penetration > 1% - 2007; 2009
Table 42 - AT&T’s backbone capacity statistics - 2009
Table 43 - Worldwide VoIP subscriber base - 2005 - 2010
Table 44 - Worldwide VoIP services market value - 2008 - 2009
Table 45 - Largest VoIP providers by subscribers - mid-2008
Table 46 - Largest alternative VoIP providers by subscribers - Q1 2009
Table 47 - Worldwide registered users of Skype - 2007 - 2009
Table 48 - VoIP subscribers of major providers in the USA - 2007 - 2009
Table 49 - VoIP subscribers and annual change in Japan - 2004 - 2008
Table 50 - Japan - VoIP subscribers and market share by operator - 2008
Table 51 - Japan - Carrier share of VoIP subscribers - 2007 - 2010
Table 52 - Worldwide mobile subscribers and annual change - 2000 - 2010
Table 53 - Mobile subscribers by region - 1993 - 2009
Table 54 - Mobile subscribers and annual change in China - 1995 - 2009
Table 55 - Indicative monthly mobile minutes of use - selected countries - 2008 - 2009
Table 56 - Comparison of charges for mobile services baskets - OECD countries - August 2008
Table 57 - Comparison of cheapest charges for services basket - Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Estonia, Norway and Denmark - April 2008
Table 58 - Comparison of cheapest charges for services basket - Finland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Denmark, France and Great Britain - March 2007
Table 59 - Rate per voice minute - selected developed countries - April 2008
Table 60 - Comparison of most expensive charges for services basket - Switzerland, France, and Ireland - April 2008
Table 61 - Monthly mobile broadband contract costs - Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Americas - 2007
Table 62 - Worldwide average mobile monthly ARPU - 2005 - 2010
Table 63 - Indicative comparison of selected countries by monthly mobile ARPU - 2009 - 2010
Table 64 - Mobile ARPU (GSM and CDMA) and annual change in India - 2005 - 2008
Table 65 - Mobinil blended monthly ARPU and AUPU - 2002 - 2008
Table 66 - Blended mobile ARPU - selected carriers - 2008 - 2009
Table 67 - Mobile data as a % of mobile revenues - leading developed countries - 2008
Table 68 - Mobile data mobile ARPU - selected carriers - 2008 - 2009
Table 69 - Worldwide mobile CAPEX - 2007 - 2010
Table 70 - Worldwide mobile services revenue - 2008 - 2012
Table 71 - Worldwide mobile handset sales - 2006 - 2009
Table 72 - Worldwide mobile handset sales by quarter - 2009 - 2010
Table 73 - Worldwide mobile handset sales - 2004 - 2010
Table 74 - Mobile handset revenue worldwide - 2008 - 2009; 2012
Table 75 - Historical mobile handset revenue worldwide - 2002 - 2005
Table 76 - Handset supplier worldwide market share - top 5 suppliers - 2008 - 2010
Table 77 - Handset supplier worldwide market shares - 1999 - 2009
Table 78 - Worldwide smartphone device manufacturers by market share - 2009 - 2010
Table 79 - Apple versus Nokia - handset division operating profit - 2008 - 2009
Table 80 - Apple iPhone sales - 2009 - 2010
Table 81 - Worldwide smartphone operating systems by market share - 2007 - 2010
Table 82 - Smartphone operating systems by market share in the USA - Sep 2009; Dec 2009
Table 83 - Prepaid subscribers and prepaid market share in Brazil - 2002 - 2009
Table 84 - Mobile ARPU by technology, prepaid/postpaid/blended in India - June 2009
Table 85 - Number of prepaid subscribers worldwide - 2008; 2010; 2012
Table 86 - Global prepaid subscribers as a percentage of total subscribers - 2006; 2008; 2010
Table 87 - Prepaid subscribers as a percentage of total subscribers in select countries - 2008
Table 88 - Historical prepaid service revenue worldwide - 2005 - 2007
Table 89 - Worldwide 3G subscribers - 2004 - 2010
Table 90 - Worldwide LTE subscribers - 2013 - 2015
Table 91 - Worldwide WiMAX subscribers - 2007 - 2008; 2010
Table 92 - Worldwide mobile data revenue - 2006; 2008 - 2009
Table 93 - Mobile data mobile ARPU - selected carriers worldwide - 2008 - 2009
Table 94 - Monthly mobile broadband contract costs by region - 2007
Table 95 - Worldwide text messages sent - 2008 - 2010
Table 96 - Worldwide mobile music revenue - 2009; 2013
Table 97 - Worldwide market share of mobile social network users - 2009 - 2010; 2013
Table 98 - Worldwide wagers spent on mobile gambling - 2007; 2009; 2013
Table 99 - Worldwide mobile gaming revenue - 2004 - 2009; 2014
Table 100 - Worldwide mobile adult content and services revenue - 2005 - 2009
Table 101 - Worldwide Mobile Location Based Service revenue - 2007; 2009; 2014
Table 102 - Worldwide mobile Internet users - 2006; 2009; 2013
Table 103 - Worldwide mobile ad spending - 2009 - 2010; 2013
Exhibit 1 - Major global fixed satellite service operators
Exhibit 2 - Faster broadband speeds offer more than just fast Internet
Exhibit 3 - Why the average home will soon require 50Mb/s
Exhibit 4 - Explanation: optical fibre
Exhibit 5 - Indicative average download broadband speeds - select countries - 2009
Exhibit 6 - Broadband - infrastructure blueprint
Exhibit 7 - The Netherlands, leading FttH developments in Europe
Exhibit 8 - Examples of estimated costs of fibre deployment in the USA
Exhibit 9 - VoIP market - selected key developments
Exhibit 10 - Leading consumer VoIP service providers by region1
Exhibit 11 - Examples of selected alternative VoIP providers
Exhibit 12 - VoIP causing problems in Bangladesh
Exhibit 13 - Digital Dividend
Exhibit 14 - Historical monthly mobile ARPU of top/bottom five carriers worldwide - Q3 2006
Exhibit 15 - Satellite phone
Exhibit 16 - Billions in revenue from replacements handsets
Exhibit 17 - Handset prices in decline
Exhibit 18 - Growth drivers for prepaid mobiles in emerging markets
Exhibit 19 - Examples of operators reporting high prepaid growth - 2007 - 2009
Exhibit 20 - Definition: Personal Wireless Broadband
Exhibit 21 - Approximate data rates for selected services on mobile devices
Exhibit 22 - Key mobile broadband services & product segments
Exhibit 23 - Facebook becoming mobile social networking leader
Exhibit 24 - Mobile UGC service example: MOKO.mobi
Exhibit 25 - Mobile Digital Rights Management (MDRM)
Exhibit 26 - Mobile adult service example: Cherrysauce
Exhibit 27 - Location Based Systems (LBS) applications by market division
Exhibit 28 - Gypsii and Twitter tie-up to launch Tweetsii
Exhibit 29 - GPS applications and industry use
Exhibit 30 - Definition: Geotagging / Geocoding

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