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Global Mobile Market - Key Statistics and Trends 2015


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Global Mobile Market - Key Statistics and Trends 2015

The evolution of mobile services has brought about immense changes to our world, and it promises to be a key to future transformation. The global mobile broadband industry has become an incredible spectacle to observe, from the many competitors vying for position; the amazing apps streaming into the market; the introduction of new devices and a looming spectrum and infrastructure crunch we finally have a mobile broadband sector worth talking about.

Mobile penetration, however, continues to vary widely throughout the world. In Europe, nearly 80% of the population were unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2014, while in Sub-Saharan Africa the figure was only 39%. But the developing regions are where we will see most growth in the years to 2020.

Mobile broadband access using the 3G and now the 4G/LTE networks has continued to expand as users continue to add tablets, modems and phones to use alternative communication methods and cloud based services. In the longer term, with the increase in connected devices and the increased availability of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, the amount of mobile data downloaded is likely to at least double yearly for the next few years.

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.

This BuddeComm report provides insights and statistics on the current global mobile market including both mobile voice and mobile broadband. It identifies key trends as well as exploring important markets for future opportunities.

Latest developments:

Data mining will be the next driver of mobile revenue;
Mobile operators need to rethink their business models;
For new ideas, the industry should look towards the OTT players;
5G will be the next development in mobile technology;
The allocating of mobile spectrum is a looming issue around the world.


1. Synopsis
2. Global market summary
2.1 Global mobile broadband
3. Global mobile subscriptions
4. Financial insights
4.1 Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX)
4.2 Software-defined networks to reduce CAPEX
4.3 Global mobile revenue
4.4 Can mobile operators afford a mobile-only strategy?
4.5 Data mining the next driver of mobile revenue
5. Global mobile broadband statistics
5.1 Mobile broadband connections and technology
5.2 Mobile data traffic
6. Leading global carriers
7. Technology insights
7.1 HSPA
7.2 LTE
7.3 WiMAX
7.4 IMS
7.5 5G
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. The changing state of the industry
9.1 Mobile location based services (MLBS)
9.2 HetNet architecture
9.3 Small cell networks
9.4 Monetising mobile towers
9.5 Fixed Mobile Conversion
9.6 Mobile consolidation is unavoidable
9.7 Moving from 4G to 5G
9.7.1 Challenges of 5G
10. Related reports
Table 1 Global subscriptions, unique subscribers and annual change 2009 - 2015
Table 2 Regional - mobile subscribers 2009 2013
Table 3 Global mobile CAPEX 2011 - 2020
Table 4 Global telecoms CAPEX 2008 - 2015
Table 5 Global mobile and mobile data revenue 2012 - 2019
Table 6 Global mobile broadband market share by technology 2013, 2014, 2018
Table 7 Regional mobile broadband subscriptions 2010 - 2014
Table 8 Regional mobile broadband penetration 2010 - 2014
Table 9 Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions 2012; mid 2014
Table 10 Global mobile data traffic 2000; 2011 - 2015; 2019
Table 11 Regional mobile data traffic growth forecast 2014 - 2019
Table 12 Global top 20 mobile operators by connections and revenue Mid 2014
Table 13 Global top 13 mobile parent carriers by consolidated mobile subscribers 2014
Table 14 Worldwide LTE subscribers 2011 - 2020
Table 15 Worldwide LTE growth 2010 - 2015
Table 16 Global smartphone operating system market share 2010 - 2014; 2018
Table 17 Worldwide LBS subscribers 2008 2014
Table 18 Worldwide MLBS revenue 2007; 2009; 2011; 2013 2015; 2019
Table 19 Historical regional MLBS revenue 2009
Table 20 African tower industry 2009 - 2015
Chart 1 Global subscriptions, unique subscribers and annual change 2009 2014
Chart 2 Global evolution of mobile CAPEX 2010 - 2015
Chart 3 Global top 13 mobile carriers by subscribers 2014
Chart 4 Worldwide LTE subscriber forecast to 2020
Exhibit 1 Defined: HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA, HSPA+
Exhibit 2 WiMAX Forum
Exhibit 3 What is IMS?
Exhibit 4 White Spaces
Exhibit 5 Mobile infrastructure running out of steam
Exhibit 6 Indoor Location Based Services
Exhibit 7 The Power of 5G

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