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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, with a penetration rate of about 127%. Declining revenue from voice services is compensated for by high growth in mobile data use, itself supported by upgraded networks based on LTE technologies. Smartphone penetration is also high, which had encouraged mobile data use among subscribers. The major operators, led by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US, have partnered with vendors to trial 5G technologies and services and will be expanding their commercial services into 2019 or 2020. In addition, operators are working on the potential of NB-IoT, LTE-U and LTE-A technologies, in some respects as complementary technologies supported by 5G.

Major recent developments include 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.

In addition to the auction of 28GHz spectrum in late 2018 the FCC plans other auction in 2019 (for spectrum in the 24GHz, 37GHz, 39GHz and 49GHz bands) to increase the amount of spectrum available for 5G.

This report provides analyses as well as key statistics and forecasts on the US mobile market. It also assesses telcos' strategies, regulatory policies, and developments in the deployment of emerging technologies.

Key developments:

T-Mobile US merger with Sprint receives government approvals;
Sprint signs MVNO deal with Altice USA;
AT&T preps for launch of commercial 5G services;
FCC authorises the use of LTE-U devices in the under-utilised 5GHz band;
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;
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 2018, 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 - 2017
      • Table Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2019
    • MOBILE VOICE
      • Table Mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2018
      • Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Table Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2017
      • Table Mobile data-only devices in use – 2013 – 2017
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) –2005 - 2018
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration – 2008 - 2018
      • Table LTE mobile broadband coverage broadband subscribers and penetration – 2012 - 2016
    • FORECASTS – MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS – 2019; 2021; 2023
      • Table Forecast mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • PUBLIC SAFETY NETWORK
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
    • SPECTRUM
      • AWS spectrum
      • 600MHz
      • 800MHz
      • 2GHz
      • 700MHz
      • 1900MHz
      • 3.5GHz
      • 28GHz
    • SPECTRUM SWAPS AND ACQUISITIONS
      • T-Mobile US
      • AT&T
      • Verizon
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • 5G
      • Verizon
      • US Cellular
      • AT&T
      • T-Mobile US
      • Sprint
    • 4G (LTE)
      • Table Verizon Wireless LTE devices on network– 2011 - 2016
    • 3G
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
        • Table M2M connections – 2009 - 2016
      • NB-IoT
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • INDUSTRY BODY
    • AT&T
      • Table AT&T Mobility financial data – 2004 - 2018
      • Table AT&T wireless subscribers – 2002 - 2018
      • Acquisitions and sales
    • VERIZON WIRELESS
      • Table Verizon wireless financial data by sector – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Verizon wireless subscribers – 2005 - 2018
    • T-MOBILE US
      • Table T-Mobile US wireless subscribers – 2003 - 2018
      • Table T-Mobile US own-branded subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Table T-Mobile US ARPU (€, annualised) –2009 - 2018
      • Table T-Mobile US ARPU ($, annualised) –2012 - 2018
      • Table T-Mobile US financial data – 2010 - 2018
      • Merger with MetroPCS
        • Table MetroPCS financial data – 2007 - 2012
        • Table MetroPCS subscribers – 2007 - 2012
      • Interest from Softbank
      • Interest from Iliad
    • SPRINT CORPORATION
      • Table Sprint wireless financial data – 2009 - 2019
      • Table Sprint subscribers – 2010 - 2018
      • Table Sprint blended ARPU – 2011 - 2018
    • MVNOS
      • Google
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • MOBILE MUSIC
    • M-PAYMENT
    • M-COMMERCE
      • Table Online retail sales – 2012 – 2018
  • RELATED REPORTS

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