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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 remains strong despite penetration levels of above 110%. Declining revenue from voice services is compensated for by high growth in mobile data use, itself supported by excellent networks supporting LTE-based services and the high penetration of smartphones, which is more than 90% for some carriers. Mobile data use will grow more rapidly after 2018 when 5G services, due to be trialled later in 2016 by at least three network operators, become commercially viable. Revenue from mobile data remains subject to considerable price competition among the main players. 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.

A major development into 2016 will be the auction for spectrum in the 600MHz, and the use made network operators of their concessions. The US was a pioneering market in releasing former broadcasting spectrum for mobile data use. In addition, there is strong support for the use of unlicensed spectrum for LTE, though detractors have expressed concern that congested airwaves could impact on Wi-Fi services.

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, Verizon and T-Mobile US announce plans for 5G trials by end-2016; 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 prepares for auction of 600MHz broadcast spectrum; AT&T to close down 2G infrastructure by end-2016; AT&T revamps operating divisions; T-Mobile US and AT&T expand VoLTE services; Verizon ends smartphone subsidies; report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q4 2015, 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.


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 Mobile broadband
3.5 Forecasts mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
3.5.1 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 CDMA
5.2.3 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 Wireless
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 Sprint Corporation
6.6 MVNOs
6.6.1 Google
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Mobile music
7.2 Mobile TV
7.3 M-payment
7.4 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 Mobile voice traffic 2012 - 2016
Table 4 Mobile data traffic 2011 - 2016
Table 5 Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) 2009 - 2015
Table 6 Forecast mobile subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 7 Verizon Wireless LTE devices on network 2011 - 2015
Table 8 M2M connections 2009 - 2016
Table 9 AT&T wireless financial data 2009 - 2015
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 US wireless subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 14 T-Mobile US own-branded subscribers 2003 - 2015
Table 15 T-Mobile US ARPU (, annualised) 2009 - 2015
Table 16 T-Mobile US ARPU ($, annualised) 2012 - 2015
Table 17 T-Mobile US financial data 2010 - 2015
Table 18 MetroPCS financial data 2007 - 2012
Table 19 MetroPCS subscribers 2007 - 2012
Table 20 Sprint financial data 2009 - 2016
Table 21 Sprint subscribers 2010 - 2015
Table 22 Sprint blended ARPU 2010 - 2015
Table 23 - Online retail sales 2012 2018
Table 24 Tablets, smartphones in use 2009 - 2015
Table 25 Handset market share by platform 2012 2013; 2015
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 US subscribers 2009 2015
Chart 5 Sprint financial data 2009 2016
Exhibit 1 AWS spectrum auction January 2015

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