USA - Mobile Market - Insights, Statistics and Analysis
The US mobile subscriber base is approaching 340 million. Although growth has slowed in line with high penetration levels, mobile data use remains strong, in line with the fast development of LTE networks and the high take-up of smartphones, which now account for about 80% of all handset devices on mobile networks. Data revenue also continues to grow steadily year-on-year, though is subject to considerable price competition among the main players. Growth in data ARPU is largely offsetting the ongoing decline in voice services ARPU. The US is now at the forefront of LTE services globally, with the main operators serving many millions of customers. 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, key statistics and forecasts on the US mobile market, including telcos' financial and operating data to Q1 2015, and an assessment of their strategies, regulatory policies, and market developments in emerging technologies.
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, delays auction of broadcast spectrum to early 2016; Verizon Wireless prepares sale and lease-back deal for tower portfolio; AT&T to close down 2G infrastructure by end-2016; JPMorgan to develop proprietary m-payment platform to compete with Apple Pay; AT&T makes a bid for DirecTV's US and Latin American business; 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; telcos' operating and financial data to Q1 2015; recent market developments.