Global Telecoms - The Big Picture - Key Industry Statistics

Synopsis

The big picture for the telecoms industry in 2014 sees mobile technology and smart devices leading the way. By the end of 2014 it is expected there will be more mobile subscriptions than the global population. The telecoms sector is also the largest industry in terms of employment in the world; demonstrating what an integral sector to the economy this sector has become.

The ongoing improvements in infrastructure have driven the continuing uptake of mobility and broadband around the world and in 2014 mobile broadband has in fact become the fastest growth area for the overall telecoms sector. This in turn sees the number of Internet users continues to increase as the penetration of both fixed and mobile broadband becomes more accessible around the globe.

The reality nowadays however is that many of the benefits and opportunities for telecommunications are on top of the network and apply to social and economic benefits, healthcare, education, digital economy, businesses, new job creation and the green economy. All of these are potential opportunities and benefits that can be created on top of a robust global telecommunications infrastructure.

This report provides a summary of recent key worldwide telecoms statistics and trends for the overall telecoms industry as well as mobile, mobile broadband, Internet and broadband sectors. It also includes a ranking of the top telcos. Please note: The focus of this report is on global statistics, with the most recent statistics included - where available. Please refer to separate reports for regional and country specific statistics.

Latest developments:

The global telecoms market landscape has changed remarkably in the last few years. There are far more mobile broadband subscribers worldwide today than the number of fixed broadband subscribers and Asia has the most mobile broadband connections. Fixed Internet users continues to grow with around 2.9 billion forecast for 2014; Mobile subscriptions are expected to surpass the global population by the end of 2014 and AT&T, NTT and Verizon are some of the top carriers worldwide in terms of sales.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key global trends for telcoms industry
    • 2.1 Telecoms ain’t telecoms anymore
  • 3. Global mobile key statistics
    • 3.1 Wireless/mobile broadband
  • 4. Global Internet key statistics
    • 4.1 Fixed broadband
    • 4.2 Broadband access technologies
  • 5. Global telecommunications expenditure and revenue
    • 5.1 Global telecoms CAPEX
    • 5.2 Global telecoms outsourcing
    • 5.3 Infrastructure sharing to cut costs
    • 5.4 Global ICT spending
    • 5.5 Global telecoms revenue
  • 6. Global telecoms traffic
    • 6.1 Internet traffic
    • 6.2 Mobile data traffic
  • 7. Satellite services
    • 7.1 Satellite industry revenue
    • 7.2 Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
      • 7.2.1 2nd Generation satellites
    • 7.3 Satellite broadband
    • 7.4 Direct broadcasting services/satellite radio
  • 8. Ranking of top carriers
    • 8.1 Global top 16 major mobile parent carriers by subscribers
    • 8.2 Global major 10 fixed-line parent carriers by subscribers
  • 9. Conclusions
    • 9.1 Trans-sector going wireless
    • 9.2 Why does the telco industry need to change?
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global - telecom statistics at a glance – 2013; 2014
  • Table 2 – Global - mobile subscriptions and annual change – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 3 – Regional - mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2013
  • Table 4 – Global – mobile broadband market share by technology – Q1 2013
  • Table 5 – Regional – mobile broadband connections – Q1 2013
  • Table 6 – Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions – 2011; mid 2012
  • Table 7 – Global - Internet users and annual change – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 8 – Regional – market share of broadband subscribers – Q2 2012; Q1 2013
  • Table 9 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 10 – Top ten broadband countries by subscribers – Q2 2012; Q1 2013
  • Table 11 – Top ten broadband countries by penetration –2012
  • Table 12 – Global - broadband market share by access technology – Mid 2010; Mid 2012; Q1 2013
  • Table 13 – Global – broadband subscribers by access technology – 2013
  • Table 14 – Global - telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 15 – Global - mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 16 – Global – ICT spending – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Global - telecoms expenditure as a percentage of GDP – 1990; 2006; 2009; 2012
  • Table 18 – Global - telecoms services revenue – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 19 – Global - monthly mobile data traffic – 2000; 2011 - 2013
  • Table 20 – Regional - mobile data traffic growth – CAGR 2012 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Global - satellite industry revenue – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 22 – Global - satellite services revenue – 2003 - 2013
  • Table 23 – Global - mobile satellite devices – 2008; 2010; 2018
  • Table 24 – Top 16 major parent mobile carriers worldwide by subscribers – 2013
  • Table 25 – Top 10 major fixed-line parent carriers worldwide by subscribers - 2013
  • Chart 1 – Global - mobile subscriptions – 2009 - 2014
  • Chart 2 – Global - Internet users – 2009 - 2014
  • Exhibit 1 – Major global fixed satellite service operators

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