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Global Mobile Market - Key Statistics and Trends 2014


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Global Mobile Market - Key Statistics and Trends 2014

Wireless services are a key area for telecoms industry growth in 2014 and industry players around the world are competing heavily for a lead position in these developments. In particular the emerging markets continue to be target of local and international telcos alike with the BRIC market (Brazil, Russia, India, China) again in the spotlight for 2014. China Mobile is the leading mobile carrier worldwide in terms of subscribers, revenue and connections. China continues to extend its lead as the single largest mobile market in the world. Other emerging markets like Myanmer have also gained unprecedented recent international attention.

Despite the positive future ahead for the mobile sector it must also be acknowledged that many carriers are currently facing financial woes, with stagnating revenues, declining ARPUs and increasing competition from other types of players like Apple.

This BuddeComm report provides insights and statistics on the current global mobile market and identifies key trends as well as exploring important markets for future opportunities. Please note, where possible statistics for 2014 have been provided.

Latest developments:

Another looming issue around the world is the allocating of mobile spectrum. The fact that businesses are knocking on the doors of their governments asking for spectrum is a clear indication that this telco real estate market is hotting up. It is no surprise that an industry which has become completely dependent upon on mobile technology developments for future growth is now beginning to float the idea of 5G infrastructure in the future.

Key statistical information:

Global mobile subscriptions; Mobile subscribers by region; Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX); Global top 20 mobile operators; Global top 13 wireless carriers by revenue and subscribers; Global smart phone operating system market share; Regional mobile data traffic growth; Various mobile statistics for the BRIC markets.


1. Synopsis
2. Global market summary
3. Global mobile subscriptions
4. Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX)
4.1 Software-defined networks
4.2 Global mobile revenue
5. Leading carriers
6. The changing state of the industry
6.1 Mobile data traffic
7. Emerging markets for future growth
7.1 Brazil mobile market summary and key statistics
7.2 Russia mobile market summary and key statistics
7.3 India mobile market summary and key statistics
7.4 China mobile market summary and key statistics
8. The spectrum issue
8.1 Spectrum issue more to it than meets the eye
8.2 White spaces overview and examples
8.2.1 USA
8.2.2 Canada
8.2.3 UK
8.2.4 Australia
8.2.5 Africa
8.2.6 Singapore
9. Further insights
9.1 International interest in Myanmer
9.2 Industry begins to discuss 5G
9.3 Monetising mobile towers
9.4 Fixed Mobile Conversion
9.5 Small cell networks
10. Related reports
Table 1 Global - mobile subscriptions and annual change 2009 - 2014
Table 2 Regional - mobile subscribers 2009 2013
Table 3 Global - telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX) 2008 - 2014
Table 4 Global - mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) 2010 - 2014
Table 5 Global top 20 mobile operators by connections and revenue Q1 2013
Table 6 Global top 13 mobile parent carriers by subscribers 2012
Table 7 Global smart phone operating system market share 2010; 2011; 2012; Q3 2013
Table 8 Regional mobile data traffic growth CAGR 2012 - 2017
Table 9 Bazil - mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2005- 2014
Table 10 Evolution of mobile ARPU in Brazil major operators 2009 - 2013
Table 11 Russia - mobile market share Mar 2013
Table 12 Russia - mobile service revenue 2003 - 2013
Table 13 Overview of India's mobile market 2011 - 2013
Table 14 India - mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration 2006 - 2013
Table 15 China - mobile subscribers and annual change 1995 - 2014
Chart 1 Global - mobile subscriptions 2009 - 2014
Chart 2 Global top 13 mobile carriers by subscribers - 2012
Chart 3 Evolution of Brazil's mobile subscriber base 2000 - 2014
Chart 4 Russia - mobile subscribers and penetration rate 2002 - 2013
Chart 5 India - mobile subscribers and penetration 2006 - 2013
Chart 6 - China mobile subscriber growth, population penetration 2000 - 2014
Exhibit 1 White Spaces
Exhibit 2 Mobile infrastructure running out of steam

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