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Global Mobile Market - Key Industry Trends and Statistics

Global Mobile Market - Key Industry Trends and Statistics

In 2017 the global mobile market keeps on moving ahead. Unique mobile subscribers have reached well over 4 billion and mobile broadband subscriptions are growing rapidly. While mobile and fixed will always exist in parallel, there is no doubt that with a faltering fixed network and an excellent mobile network, mobile will give fixed a run for its money.

However the reality for the success of mobile broadband is that the network will rely more and more on fibre. In the end most mobile stations will have to be connected to a fibre optic network in order to cope with the volume of traffic. 5G will create an even denser mobile tower infrastructure than the one that is already in place, with mobile stations starting to appear on many city buildings and many street corners (connected to often private city fibre networks). In the end the mobile network will be a fibre network with a fairly short wireless access signal to the end-users.

Mobile technologies are not hampered by telecom monopolies and here also technology is moving ahead quickly. For example, massive-MIMO technology is evolving rapidly and is ideally suited for the 24, 60, 70 and 80 GHz spectrum bands that will become available for commercial services over coming years; such technologies are well-suited for very high broadband services in densely populated areas.

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 mobile market summary
2.1 Other trends
2.1.1 Zero-rated mobile content
2.1.2 Mobile fuel cell chargers
3. Global mobile broadband
3.1 Global content delivery ecosystem
3.2 Global mobile broadband statistics
4. Global mobile subscriptions
5. Financial insights
5.1 Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX)
5.2 Software-defined networks to reduce CAPEX
5.3 Global mobile revenue
5.4 Can mobile operators afford a mobile-only strategy?
5.5 Data mining the next driver of mobile revenue
6. Global mobile broadband statistics
6.1 Mobile data traffic
7. Leading global carriers
8. Technology insights
8.1 HSPA
8.2 LTE
8.3 WiMAX
8.4 IMS
8.5 5G
9. The spectrum issue
9.1 Spectrum issue more to it than meets the eye
9.2 White spaces overview and examples
9.2.1 USA
9.2.2 Canada
9.2.3 UK
9.2.4 Australia
9.2.5 Africa
9.2.6 Singapore
10. The changing state of the industry
10.1 Mobile location based services (MLBS)
10.2 HetNet architecture
10.3 Small cell networks
10.4 Monetising mobile towers
10.5 Fixed Mobile Conversion
10.6 Mobile consolidation is unavoidable
10.7 FCC Open Internet Rules
10.8 Comparing the spectrum policies of America and China
10.8.1 USA
10.8.2 China
10.9 The Google factor in the Obama broadband speech
10.10 Moving from 4G to 5G
10.10.1 Challenges of 5G
11. Related reports
Table 1 Global mobile broadband market share by technology 2015
Table 2 Global mobile broadband subscribers 2014 - 2017
Table 3 Regional mobile broadband penetration and active subscriptions 2014; 2015
Table 4 Top ten OECD countries by mobile broadband subscriptions 2012; 2014
Table 5 Global mobile subscriptions, annual change and unique subscribers 2009 - 2017
Table 6 Regional - mobile subscribers 2009 2015
Table 7 Global mobile CAPEX 2011 - 2020
Table 8 Global telecoms CAPEX 2008 - 2016
Table 9 Global - mobile and mobile data revenue 2012 - 2020
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
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 Flyer handed out by the FCC
Exhibit 8 The Power of 5G

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