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USA - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

USA - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts

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 Q4 2014, and assessment of their strategies, regulatory policies, and market developments in emerging technologies.

Key developments:

FCC concludes AWS auction, securing $44.9 billion; FCC 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 Q4 2014; recent market developments.

Companies covered 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 overview and analysis
2.1 Public Safety Network
2.2 Auction delay
3. Regulator support
4. Mobile statistics
4.1 Market statistics
4.2 Mobile carrier statistics
4.3 ARPU statistics
5. Spectrum developments
5.1 AWS spectrum
5.2 800MHz
5.3 2GHz
5.4 700MHz
5.5 1900MHz
5.6 Spectrum swaps and acquisitions
5.6.1 T-Mobile US
5.6.2 AT&T
5.6.3 Verizon
6. Mobile network 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
7. Mobile broadband developments
7.1 Third Generation mobile (3G)
7.2 High Seed Packet Access (HSPA)
7.3 4G network investments
7.4 Fixed-line backhaul
7.5 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
7.5.1 Operators
8. Mobile data applications
8.1 Overview
8.2 Mobile internet
8.3 Mobile music
8.4 Mobile TV
8.5 Mobile VoIP (VoLTE)
8.6 Non-voice messaging
8.7 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
8.8 Smartphone market
8.9 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
8.10 M-payment
8.11 M-commerce
8.12 Forecasts
9. Related reports
Table 1 Prepaid subscribers and market share 2008 - 2014
Table 2 Mobile market revenue, roamer revenue, ARPU 2000 - 2014
Table 3 Mobile subscribers and penetration 2002 - 2015
Table 4 AT&T wireless financial data 2009 - 2014
Table 5 AT&T wireless financial data by sector 2010 - 2013
Table 6 AT&T wireless subscribers 2002 - 2014
Table 7 Verizon wireless financial data by sector 2010 - 2014
Table 8 Verizon wireless subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 9 T-Mobile wireless subscribers 2003 - 2014
Table 10 T-Mobile USA ARPU (annualised) 2009 - 2014
Table 11 T-Mobile USA financial data () 2009 - 2014
Table 12 MetroPCS financial data 2007 - 2012
Table 13 MetroPCS financial data 2007 - 2012
Table 14 Sprint financial data 2009 - 2014
Table 15 Sprint subscribers 2010 - 2014
Table 16 Sprint blended ARPU 2010 - 2014
Table 17 Mobile data traffic 2011 - 2015
Table 18 Verizon Wireless LTE device on network 2011 - 2014
Table 19 Wireless data revenue 2009 - 2014
Table 20 Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) 2009 - 2014
Table 21 Tablets, smartphones in use 2009 - 2013
Table 22 Handset market share by manufacturer 2011 - 2012
Table 23 Handset sales by manufacturer 2011 - 2012
Table 24 Handset market share by platform 2012 - 2013
Table 25 M2M connections 2009 - 2016
Table 26 Forecast mobile broadband users and mobile services revenue growth lower growth scenario 2011 - 2016
Table 27 Forecast mobile broadband users and mobile revenue growth higher growth scenario 2011 - 2016
Chart 1 AT&T wireless financial data 2004 2014
Chart 2 Verizon wireless financial data by sector 2010 2014
Chart 3 Verizon wireless subscribers 2010 2014
Chart 4 T-Mobile USA subscribers 2009 2014
Chart 5 T-Mobile USA financial data () 2009 2014
Chart 6 Sprint financial data 2009 2014
Chart 7 Sprint operating data 2010 2014
Exhibit 1 AWS spectrum auction January 2015

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