With over 330 pages of research, BuddeComm's 2006 Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband in the USA and Canada - Geographic series contains a comprehensive analysis of the telecoms industry and the companies involved in it.
This research is divided into the following volumes:
Volume 1 - Telcoms, Mobile and Broadband in Canada
Volume 2 - Telcoms, Mobile and Broadband in the USA
· The US telecommunications markets continue to undergo significant transformation as technologies converge toward a triple play model of bundled voice, Internet and TV services.
· The downward trend in landline revenues is forecast to steepen due to increasing competition from mobile and new technologies. For instance, mobile revenues are forecast to grow at over 10% CAGR over the next five years, reaching approximately $200 billion in 2010. Similarly VoIP is forecast to treble in subscriber numbers by 2010. In addition, recent substantial investments in WiMAX as a 4G platform indicate that the technology is being considered as a realistic disruptive technology.
· As the cable TV companies move into the telcos’ traditional sector with VoIP services, the telcos are responding by aggressively deploying high-bandwidth fibre networks which will chart their path into the IPTV market. These fibre networks, together with the mega-mergers of SBC/AT&T, Verizon/MCI and the pending AT&T Inc/BellSouth acquisition, position the telcos to secure dominance in the broadband market. The extent to which the RBOCs can control the triple play market will depend in part on US policy towards network neutrality and on the extent to which new broadband technologies, such as BPL and WiMAX, will penetrate the market.
· This report presents an overview of the telecom regulatory environment, and examines developments in the wireless sector, in the broadband market and new broadband technologies, in digital TV, Internet use and in the convergence towards triple play services.
· By early 2000 Canada’s telecoms and broadband sector was among the most advanced in the world. However, by 2006 Canada’s performance in areas such as broadband penetration and mobile penetration was starting to lag behind its OECD counterparts. This has led to calls for further reform of Canada’s telecommunications regulatory regime to a lighter-handed framework. Hence 2007 and 2008 are likely to be characterised by further regulatory reform towards a more market-based approach.
· During 2006 traditional fixed line voice revenues continued to decline as subscribers switch en masse to mobile services and at even greater growth rates to VoIP services. This trend is forecast to continue during 2007 as VoIP gathers momentum. Additionally, the market will continue its transition to a triple play model, though during 2007 the cable companies are forecast to make greater gains in the telcos’ voice sectors than the telcos’ gains in the broadcasting sector.