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USA - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

USA - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Growth in the US mobile subscriber base remains strong despite penetration levels of above 120%. Declining revenue from voice services is compensated for by high growth in mobile data use, itself supported by upgraded networks supporting LTE-based services. Smartphone penetration is also high, which also encourages mobile data use among subscribers. A number of operators, led by AT&T, have partnered with vendors to trial 5G technologies and services. AT&T aimed to develop commercial services by late 2018, which would make it one of the firs carriers globally to do so. In addition, operators are working on the potential of NB-IoT, LTE-U and LTE-A technologies, in some respects as a precursor to 5G.

A major development in early 2017 was the complex reserve auction for spectrum in the 600MHz band, which raised more than $19 billion. Although network operators must wait for spectrum allocations to be concluded, the additional 70MHz made available will go far to supporting mobile broadband in rural areas, and improving network capacity.

This report provides analyses as well as key statistics and forecasts on the US mobile market, including CTIA data for 2015, telcos' financial and operating data to Q4 2016 and recent market data from the regulator. It also provides an assessment of telcos' strategies, regulatory policies, and developments in the deployment of emerging technologies.

Key developments:

Sprint signs MVNO deal with Altice USA; AT&T expecting to provide 5G services by late 2018; Sprint and T-Mobile USA call of merger talks; FCC authorises the use of LTE-U devices in the under-utilised 5GHz band; Sprint's 5G trials supporting 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) video; AT&T launches national LTE-M service; T-Mobile US secures additional 700MHz blocks for $1.3 billion; Google trials facial recognition m-payment system; FCC considers both low-end and high-end spectrum bands for possible 5G use; FCC proceeds with Citizens Broadband Radio Service, securing an additional 100MHz in the 3.5GHz-3.7GHz bands; Google launches Project Fi MVNO; FCC concludes 600MHz spectrum auction; AT&T closes down 2G infrastructure, reassigns spectrum for LTE; report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Corporation, T-Mobile US, TracFone, MetroPCS Communications, Leap Wireless, Frontline, Alltel, US Cellular; Clearwire.


  • SYNOPSIS
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile market revenue, roaming revenue, ARPU – 2000 - 2015
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2017
    • MOBILE VOICE
      • Table Mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2017
      • Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2016
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) –2009 - 2017
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
    • FORECASTS – MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • Notes on scenario forecasts
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • FCC AND NTIA DEVELOP MODEL CITY PROGRAM
    • PUBLIC SAFETY NETWORK
    • SPECTRUM
      • AWS spectrum
      • 600MHz
      • 800MHz
      • 2GHz
      • 700MHz
      • 1900MHz
      • 3.5GHz
    • SPECTRUM SWAPS AND ACQUISITIONS
      • T-Mobile US
      • AT&T
      • Verizon
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • 3G/UMTS
      • Long-term Evolution (LTE)
        • Table Verizon Wireless LTE devices on network– 2011 - 2016
      • 5G developments
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • High Seed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • CDMA
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
    • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
      • Table M2M connections – 2009 - 2016
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • INDUSTRY BODY
    • AT&T
      • Table AT&T Mobility financial data – 2009 - 2017
      • Table AT&T wireless subscribers – 2002 - 2017
      • Acquisitions and sales
    • VERIZON WIRELESS
      • Table Verizon wireless financial data by sector – 2010 - 2017
      • Table Verizon wireless subscribers – 2005 - 2017
    • T-MOBILE US
      • Table T-Mobile US wireless subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Table T-Mobile US own-branded subscribers – 2003 - 2017
      • Table T-Mobile US ARPU (€, annualised) –2009 - 2016
      • Table T-Mobile US ARPU ($, annualised) –2012 - 2017
      • Table T-Mobile US financial data – 2010 - 2017
      • Merger with MetroPCS
        • Table MetroPCS financial data – 2007 - 2012
        • Table MetroPCS subscribers – 2007 - 2012
      • Interest from Softbank
      • Interest from Iliad
    • SPRINT CORPORATION
      • Table Sprint financial data – 2009 - 2017
      • Table Sprint subscribers – 2010 - 2016
      • Table Sprint blended ARPU – 2010 - 2016
    • MVNOS
      • Google
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • MOBILE MUSIC
    • MOBILE TV
    • M-PAYMENT
    • M-COMMERCE
      • Table Online retail sales – 2012 – 2018
  • MOBILE HANDSETS
    • Table Tablets, smartphones in use – 2009 - 2015
    • Table Handset market share by platform – 2012 – 2013; 2015
  • RELATED REPORTS

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