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Global Telecoms - The Big Picture - Key Industry Statistics


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Consumers are still enamoured by mobile technology - and smart phones and improved infrastructure have only fuelled the continuing uptake of mobility around the world. The number of Internet users continues to increase as the penetration of both fixed and mobile broadband becomes more accessible around the globe.

The reality nowadays is that the benefits of telecommunications are on top of the network and apply to social and economic benefits, healthcare, education, digital economy, businesses, new job creation, the green economy. All of these are potential opportunities and benefits that can be created on top of a robust telecommunications infrastructure.

This report provides a valuable summary of recent key worldwide telecoms statistics and trends, including the number of fixed lines; mobile connections; 3G subscribers (including HSPA); text messages sent; Internet users and worldwide broadband subscribers (including DSL statistics).

Also provided are statistics on worldwide telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX), overall telecoms spending and revenues and key satellite services statistics. Information on the top 25 public carriers’ worldwide and top 15 public carriers in emerging markets in 2010 is also provided along with outsourcing market statistics. Please note: The focus of this report is on global statistics, with the most recent statistics included where available. Please refer to separate reports for regional and country specific statistics.

Latest developments:

The global telecoms market as a whole now boasts some impressive figures. There are around 1.4 billion mobile broadband subscribers worldwide today, far more than the number of fixed broadband subscribers. Fixed Internet users continues to grow with around 2.7 billion forecasted in 2013 and mobile subscriptions have surpassed 6.5 billion.; AT&T, NTT and Verizon are some of the top carriers worldwide in terms of sales; there are many carriers in emerging markets showing potential; global telecoms CAPEX recovered in 2011 and grew in 2012; satellite services leads growth in sector; telecoms outsourcing declines as companies restructure or re-negotiate existing contracts.


1. Synopsis
2. Global telecoms statistics at a glance
2.1 Key trends for telcos
2.2 Next on the chopping block – the infrastructure
2.3 The benefits of telecommunications are now OTT
3. Key global telecoms statistics
3.1 Global Internet users
3.2 Broadband subscribers, penetration and access technologies
3.3 Global mobile subscriptions
3.4 Wireless/mobile broadband
3.4.1 Global 3G subscriptions
4. Ranking of top carriers
4.1 Top carriers worldwide
4.2 Top carriers in emerging markets
5. Global telecommunications expenditure and revenue
5.1 Global CAPEX
5.2 Infrastructure sharing to cut costs
5.3 Global telecoms revenue and spending
6. Satellite services
6.1 Satellite industry revenue
6.2 Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
6.2.1 2nd Generation satellites
6.3 Satellite broadband
6.4 Direct broadcasting services/satellite radio
7. Global telecoms outsourcing
8. Conclusions
8.1 Trans-sector going wireless
8.2 Why does the telco industry need to change?
9. Related reports
Table 1 – Global - telecom statistics at a glance – 2013
Table 2 –Global - internet users and annual change – 2009 - 2013
Table 3 – Regional - share of broadband subscribers – Q1 2011
Table 4 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2013
Table 5 – Top ten broadband countries by subscribers – Q2 2012
Table 6 – Regional - share of broadband household penetration – Q 2012
Table 7 – Global - broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010; Mid 2012
Table 8 – Global - mobile subscriptions and annual change – 2000 - 2013
Table 9 – Regional - mobile subscribers – 2005 – 2012
Table 10 – Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions - 2011
Table 11 – Global - 3G subscriptions and annual change – 2009 - 2013
Table 12 – Global - top ten carriers by revenue – 2010; 2011
Table 13 – Global - top 15 publicly listed carriers by sales (historical) – 2008
Table 14 – Emerging markets - top 15 publicly listed carriers by sales – 2010
Table 15 – Emerging markets - top 15 publicly listed carriers by sales (historical) – 2008
Table 16 – Global - telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2008 - 2013
Table 17 – Global - mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2010 - 2013
Table 18 – Global - telecoms services revenue – 2011; 2012; 2018
Table 19 – Global - telecoms expenditure as a percentage of GDP – 1990; 2006; 2009; 2012
Table 20 – Global - satellite industry revenue – 2008 - 2011
Table 21 – Global - satellite services revenue – 2003 - 2011
Table 22 – Global - mobile satellite devices – 2008; 2010; 2018
Table 23 –Global - total contract value of outsourced services across all sectors – Q1 2008 – 2011; Q3 2011
Chart 1 – Global - internet users – 2009 - 2013
Chart 2 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 – 2013
Chart 3 – Global - mobile subscriptions – 2000 - 2013
Exhibit 1 – Major global fixed satellite service operators

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