Global Telecoms - The Big Picture - Key Industry Statistics

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In 2015 the global telecoms industry continues to grow from strength to strength. While the operators may struggle to grow significant revenues; the underlying trends of mobile broadband; M2M; Cloud computing; OTT services and Big Data management continue to propel the broader telecoms sector ahead. Fixed broadband is also making headway with the majority of countries now having a national broadband network plan or policy in place.

Mobile penetration 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.

This report provides a summary of recent key statistics for the overall telecoms industry as well as global statistics for the mobile, mobile broadband, Internet, satellite and broadband sectors. It also includes a ranking of the top telcos (2013) as well as global telecoms CAPEX and revenue. 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:

There were over 7.1 billion mobile subscriptions in 2014 (including multiples) and Asia Pacific accounted for the majority of these, followed by Europe; The adoption of mobile broadband in the developing world has been nothing but spectacular, with growth rates averaging 38% CAGR; There are around 3.1 billion Internet users in 2015 and around 25% of these will have access to fixed broadband; With more and more video applications being used and initiatives around M2M and the Internet of Everything beginning to increase; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services; The telecommunications sector is the largest user of outsourcing services globally; Wireless devices are soon to overtake wired devices in terms of IP traffic and in 2016 will account for over 50% of Internet traffic; In 2015 satellite services were leading growth in the satellite sector, driven by consumer uptake of satellite television services in particular.

1. Synopsis
2. Key global trends for telcoms industry
3. Global mobile key statistics
3.1 Wireless/mobile broadband
4. Global Internet key statistics
4.1 Fixed broadband
5. Global telecommunications expenditure
5.1 Global telecoms CAPEX
5.2 Global mobile CAPEX
5.3 Global telecoms outsourcing
6. Global telecoms revenue
6.1 Global telecoms revenue
6.2 Global mobile revenue
7. Global telecoms traffic
7.1 IP traffic
7.2 Mobile data traffic
8. Satellite services
8.1 Satellite industry revenue
8.2 Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
8.3 Satellite broadband
8.4 Direct broadcasting services/satellite radio
9. Ranking of top carriers
9.1 Global top 16 major mobile parent carriers by subscribers
9.2 Global major 10 fixed-line parent carriers by subscribers
10. Conclusion
10.1 Report from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona 2015
10.2 What do customers want from mobile operators?
11. Related reports
Table 1 Global - telecom statistics at a glance 2013; 2015
Table 2 Global subscriptions, unique subscribers and annual change 2009 - 2015
Table 3 Regional - mobile subscribers 2009 2013
Table 4 Global mobile broadband market share by technology 2013, 2014, 2018
Table 5 Regional mobile broadband subscriptions 2010 - 2014
Table 6 Regional mobile broadband penetration 2010 - 2014
Table 7 Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions 2012; mid 2014
Table 8 Global - Internet users and annual change 2009 - 2015
Table 9 Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change 2005 - 2015
Table 10 Regional Market share of fixed broadband subscribers 2014
Table 11 Global broadband subscribers by access technology Q1 2014
Table 12 Global - broadband market share by access technology Q1 2013; Q1 2014
Table 13 Global telecoms CAPEX 2008 - 2015
Table 14 Global mobile CAPEX 2011 - 2020
Table 15 Global - telecoms services revenue 2008 - 2015
Table 16 Global mobile and mobile data revenue 2012 - 2020
Table 17 Global mobile data traffic 2000; 2011 - 2015; 2019
Table 18 Regional mobile data traffic growth forecast 2014 - 2019
Table 19 Global total satellite industry revenue 2008 - 2014
Table 20 Global - satellite services revenue 2003 - 2014
Table 21 Global - satellite broadband revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 22 Top 16 major parent mobile carriers worldwide by subscribers 2013
Table 23 Top 10 major fixed-line parent carriers worldwide by subscribers - 2013
Chart 1 Global subscriptions, unique subscribers and annual change 2009 2014
Chart 2 Global evolution of mobile CAPEX 2010 - 2015
Exhibit 1 Major global fixed satellite service operators
Exhibit 2 2nd Generation satellites

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