This report provides revenue, revenue growth statistics and analysis for the telecommunications market by major service between 2000 and 2013, as well as market forecasts for 2014. The total telecoms service market is segmented according to telecommunications service - local access, mobile and broadband revenues.
Detailed revenue and forecasting statistics and analyses are also included separately for the wholesale, mobile and broadband markets, with estimates for 2013/4. Revenue for Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN, fixed-line voice and local access) services continue to decline for all telcos, and will do so until uptake of NBN services is complete. In the long term, fixed broadband on the copper network will also decline gradually as fibre and fixed-wireless broadband services become more widely available, though the Coalition’s NBN plan, with its emphasis on VDSL with Fibre-to-the Node (FttN), will make greater use of copper than did Labour’s plan for a national Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) network.
At the same time as fixed-line telephony is declining, the mobile broadband market is growing steadily and is set to become a major income revenue stream for providers. Nevertheless, mobile broadband data revenue growth will be far short of the growth anticipated from mobile broadband data on networks. While mobile voice remains the dominant source of revenue for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), it will soon be overtaken by mobile data revenue. In time, much of the voice traffic will be data packet via technologies such as Voice over Long-term Evolution (VoLTE). Data traffic caused network constraints on 3G networks over the last couple of years, since the infrastructure was not designed for the rapid increase of traffic, and so MNOs have had to invest in network upgrades to ensure that customers receive a reliable service.
The release of 4G/LTE mobile broadband and increased uptake by consumers and businesses will certainly ease the issue in the short term, but as user uptake increases so will the amount of bandwidth consumed. Mobile data usage increased by nearly 80% year-on-year to mid-2012 with nearly seven terabytes downloaded over the air in a three-month period.
Additional revenue, analysis and forecasting segmented by major telco providers can be found in a separate report: Australia - Revenue Statistics, Analysis and Forecasting (by provider) – 2000 - 2014.
ARPU continues to fall; ADSL growth slows as fibre broadband subscriptions increase rapidly; mobile data traffic increasing in line with upgraded networks, National Broadband Network (NBN) developments; wholesale revenue.
Companied covered in this report include:
Vodafone, 3, VHA, Optus, Telstra.