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The Global Mobile Market - Major Trends, Revenue and Industry Statistics


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The Global Mobile Market - Major Trends, Revenue and Industry Statistics

In 2018 we are quickly approaching 100% mobile broadband penetration in the developed markets and 50% in the developing markets. It is timely now to look at the trends and statistics which are shaping our global mobile industry. BuddeComm sees continuing subscriber growth coming from the developing markets with China and India in particular leading this growth, albeit at a slower level than in recent years. There is also still a lot of growth ahead for LTE 4G infrastructure deployment - despite the industry hype and discussion taking place around 5G. 4G will continue to be the leading growing mobile technology for the next few years as it still only accounts for around 30% mobile technology market share on a global level. Increased 4G growth will come from some of the large emerging markets. 4G is currently carrying most of mobile data traffic driven by the increasing use of mobile video and this will increase as 3G slowly becomes phased out. Eventually however it will be 5G which will be required to meet the growing demands of the mobile sector especially with the escalating developments in IoT and M2M.

This BuddeComm report provides information on the current global market including the global and regional subscriber bases for both mobile and mobile broadband. It provides global statistics on mobile revenue, spending and CAPEX, mobile traffic, as well as identifying the leading operators. It identifies key trends as well as exploring important markets for future opportunities. For further information on 5G, see separate report: BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Regional Countries.


1. Synopsis
2. Global mobile market analysis 2018
2.1 Highlighted trends
3. Global mobile subscriptions
4. Global mobile broadband subscriber statistics
5. The emerging markets to watch
6. Financial insights
6.1 Global mobile spending
6.2 Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX)
6.3 Global mobile revenue
6.4 Global mobile ARPU
7. Mobile data traffic
8. Leading global operators
9. Smartphones and handset device trends and statistics
9.1 Key mobile device trends
9.1.1 Affordable smart devices
9.1.2 Enviro-friendly handsets
9.1.3 Emerging markets for smartphone growth
9.2 Mobile handset and smartphone statistics
10. Wearable device trends and statistcs
10.1 Wearable device categories
10.2 Global wearable device market
10.3 Enterprise wearable devices
10.4 Legal implications of wearables gains attention
10.5 Virtual reality (VR) and wearable technology
10.5.1 4K to drive bandwidth demand to gigabit levels
11. Mobile industry directions
11.1 Data mining a next driver of mobile revenue
11.2 The spectrum issue
11.3 Mobile location based services (MLBS)
11.4 HetNet architecture
11.5 Small cell networks
11.6 Monetising mobile towers
11.7 Fixed Mobile Conversion
12. Related reports
Table 1 Regional mobile broadband penetration 2014 - 2017
Table 2 Global unique mobile subscribers 2009 - 2018
Table 3 Regional - mobile subscriptions 2009 2017
Table 4 Global active mobile broadband subscriptions 2014 - 2018
Table 5 - Regional Active mobile broadband subscriptions 2014 - 2017
Table 6 Global mobile CAPEX 2014 - 2019
Table 7 Global telecoms CAPEX 2008 - 2017
Table 8 Global - mobile revenue 2014 - 2020
Table 9 Global average monthly mobile ARPU and annual change 2005 - 2016
Table 10 Regional - mobile data traffic use 2016
Table 11 Global top 15 mobile operators by sales 2016
Table 12 Leading countries - used smart phone market - 2016
Table 13 Global mobile handset shipments 2004 - 2019
Table 14 Global smartphone shipments 2010 2018
Table 15 Global smartphone share of handset market 2009 - 2018
Table 16 Global historical - wearable devices by category market share 2013 - 2015
Table 17 Global wearable device shipments 2014 - 2021
Table 18 Global top 5 wearable device vendors market share Q3 2015 - 2017
Chart 1 Mobile broadband penetration developed versus developing markets 2014 - 2017
Exhibit 1 Global content delivery ecosystem
Exhibit 2 Software Defined Networks
Exhibit 3 Wearable smart rings

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