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


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

Growth in the US mobile subscriber base has slowed in line with high penetration levels. Revenue from voice services is stagnant though compensated for by high growth in mobile data use. This is partly the result of high penetration of smartphones, which is above 90% of subscribers for some carriers, as well as the excellent LTE infrastructure in place. Data will growth more rapidly after 2018 when 5G services, due to be trialled later in 2016, become commercially viable. ,Revenue from mobile data remains subject to considerable price competition among the main players. Growth in data ARPU is largely offsetting the ongoing decline in voice services ARPU. A potential shift market dynamics can be expected in coming years following the FCC's recommendation that mobile broadband be subject to network neutrality rules.

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

Key developments:

AT&T and Verizon announce plans for 5G trials by end-2016; 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 AWS auction, securing $44.9 billion, auction of 600MHz broadcast spectrum set for March 2016; Verizon Wireless prepares sale and lease-back deal for tower portfolio; AT&T to close down 2G infrastructure by end-2016; AT&T closes acquisition of DirecTV's US and Latin American businesses; T-Mobile US and AT&T introduce VoLTE services; Verizon's LTE network providing 97% population coverage, Verizon secures AWS spectrum from cablcos; Sprint closes iDEN network; LightSquared files for bankruptcy and ends LTE ambitions; FCC concludes auction of H block spectrum in the 1900MHz band; FCC begins measuring mobile broadband performance; FCC deals with 3G dead zones with Mobility Fund auction; report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report include:

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


1. Synopsis
2. Market analysis
3. Mobile statistics
3.1 General statistics
3.2 Mobile voice
3.2.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
3.3 Mobile data
3.3.1 SMS and MMS
3.4 Forecasts
3.4.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
4. Regulatory issues
4.1 FCC and NTIA develop Model City Program
4.2 Public Safety Network
4.3 Spectrum
4.3.1 AWS spectrum
4.3.2 600MHz
4.3.3 800MHz
4.3.4 2GHz
4.3.5 700MHz
4.3.6 1900MHz
4.3.7 3.5GHz
4.4 Spectrum swaps and acquisitions
4.4.1 T-Mobile US
4.4.2 AT&T
4.4.3 Verizon
5. Mobile infrastructure
5.1 Digital networks
5.1.1 3G/UMTS
5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.1.3 5G developments
5.2 Other infrastructure developments
5.2.1 High Seed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.2 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
5.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Industry body
6.2 AT&T
6.2.1 Acquisitions and sales
6.3 Verizon
6.4 T-Mobile US
6.4.1 Merger with MetroPCS
6.4.2 Interest from Softbank
6.4.3 Interest from Iliad
6.5 MetroPCS
6.6 Sprint Corporation
6.7 MVNOs
6.7.1 Google
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Overview
7.2 Mobile internet
7.3 Mobile music
7.4 Mobile TV
7.5 M-payment
7.6 M-commerce
8. Mobile handsets
9. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile market revenue, roaming revenue, ARPU 2000 - 2015
Table 2 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2002 - 2016
Table 3 Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) 2009 - 2014
Table 4 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 5 Mobile data traffic 2011 - 2015
Table 6 Verizon Wireless LTE device on network 2011 - 2015
Table 7 M2M connections 2009 - 2016
Table 8 AT&T wireless financial data 2009 - 2015
Table 9 AT&T wireless financial data by sector 2010 - 2013
Table 10 AT&T wireless subscribers 2002 - 2015
Table 11 Verizon wireless financial data by sector 2010 - 2015
Table 12 Verizon wireless subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 13 T-Mobile wireless subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 14 T-Mobile own-branded subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 15 T-Mobile USA ARPU (annualised) 2009 - 2015
Table 16 T-Mobile USA financial data 2010 - 2015
Table 17 MetroPCS financial data 2007 - 2012
Table 18 MetroPCS financial data 2007 - 2012
Table 19 Sprint financial data 2009 - 2015
Table 20 Sprint subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 21 Sprint blended ARPU 2010 - 2015
Table 22 Wireless data revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 23 - Online retail sales 2012 2018
Table 24 Tablets, smartphones in use 2009 - 2013
Table 25 Handset market share by manufacturer 2011 - 2012
Table 26 Handset sales by manufacturer 2011 - 2012
Table 27 Handset market share by platform 2012 - 2013
Chart 1 AT&T wireless financial data 2004 2015
Chart 2 Verizon wireless financial data by sector 2010 2015
Chart 3 Verizon wireless subscribers 2010 2015
Chart 4 T-Mobile USA subscribers 2009 2015
Chart 5 Sprint financial data 2009 2015
Chart 6 Sprint operating data 2010 2015
Exhibit 1 AWS spectrum auction January 2015

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