Consumers are still enamoured by mobile technology - and smart phones and improved infrastructure have only fuelled the continuing uptake of mobility around the world. 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 is that the benefits of telecommunications are on top of the network and apply to social and economic benefits, healthcare, education, digital economy, businesses, new job creation, the green economy. All of these are potential opportunities and benefits that can be created on top of a robust telecommunications infrastructure.
This report provides a valuable summary of recent key worldwide telecoms statistics and trends, including the number of fixed lines; mobile connections; 3G subscribers (including HSPA); text messages sent; Internet users and worldwide broadband subscribers (including DSL statistics).
Also provided are statistics on worldwide telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX), overall telecoms spending and revenues and key satellite services statistics. Information on the top 25 public carriers’ worldwide and top 15 public carriers in emerging markets in 2010 is also provided along with outsourcing market statistics. 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.
The global telecoms market as a whole now boasts some impressive figures. There are around 1.4 billion mobile broadband subscribers worldwide today, far more than the number of fixed broadband subscribers. Fixed Internet users continues to grow with around 2.7 billion forecasted in 2013 and mobile subscriptions have surpassed 6.5 billion.; AT&T, NTT and Verizon are some of the top carriers worldwide in terms of sales; there are many carriers in emerging markets showing potential; global telecoms CAPEX recovered in 2011 and grew in 2012; satellite services leads growth in sector; telecoms outsourcing declines as companies restructure or re-negotiate existing contracts.