Global Telecoms - The Big Picture - Key Industry Statistics

Synopsis

In 2015 the global telecoms industry continues to grow from strength to strength. While the operators may struggle to grow significant revenues; the underlying trends of mobile broadband; M2M; Cloud computing; OTT services and Big Data management continue to propel the broader telecoms sector ahead. Fixed broadband is also making headway with the majority of countries now having a national broadband network plan or policy in place.

Mobile penetration continues to vary widely throughout the world. In Europe, nearly 80% of the population were unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2014, while in Sub-Saharan Africa the figure was only 39%. But the developing regions are where we will see most growth in the years to 2020.

Mobile broadband access using the 3G and now the 4G/LTE networks has continued to expand as users continue to add tablets, modems and phones to use alternative communication methods and cloud based services. In the longer term, with the increase in connected devices and the increased availability of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, the amount of mobile data downloaded is likely to at least double yearly for the next few years.

This report provides a summary of recent key statistics for the overall telecoms industry as well as global statistics for the mobile, mobile broadband, Internet, satellite and broadband sectors. It also includes a ranking of the top telcos (2014) as well as global telecoms CAPEX and revenue. 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:

There were over 7.1 billion mobile subscriptions in 2014 (including multiples) and Asia Pacific accounted for the majority of these, followed by Europe; The adoption of mobile broadband in the developing world has been nothing but spectacular, with growth rates averaging 38% CAGR; There are around 3.1 billion Internet users in 2015 and around 25% of these will have access to fixed broadband; With more and more video applications being used and initiatives around M2M and the Internet of Everything beginning to increase; there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services; The telecommunications sector is the largest user of outsourcing services globally; Wireless devices are soon to overtake wired devices in terms of IP traffic and in 2016 will account for over 50% of Internet traffic; In 2015 satellite services were leading growth in the satellite sector, driven by consumer uptake of satellite television services in particular.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Key global trends for telcoms industry
  • 3. Global mobile key statistics
    • 3.1 Wireless/mobile broadband
  • 4. Global Internet key statistics
    • 4.1 Fixed broadband
  • 5. Global telecommunications expenditure
    • 5.1 Global telecoms CAPEX
    • 5.2 Global mobile CAPEX
    • 5.3 Global telecoms outsourcing
  • 6. Global telecoms revenue
    • 6.1 Global telecoms revenue
    • 6.2 Global mobile revenue
  • 7. Global telecoms traffic
    • 7.1 IP traffic
    • 7.2 Mobile data traffic
  • 8. Satellite services
    • 8.1 Satellite industry revenue
    • 8.2 Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
    • 8.3 Satellite broadband
    • 8.4 Direct broadcasting services/satellite radio
  • 9. Ranking of top carriers
    • 9.1 Global top 16 major mobile parent carriers by subscribers
    • 9.2 Global major 17 fixed-line parent carriers by subscribers
  • 10. Conclusion
    • 10.1 Report from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona 2015
    • 10.2 What do customers want from mobile operators?
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global - telecom statistics at a glance – 2013; 2015
  • Table 2 – Global – subscriptions, unique subscribers and annual change – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 3 – Regional - mobile subscribers – 2009 – 2013
  • Table 4 – Global – mobile broadband market share by technology – 2013, 2014, 2018
  • Table 5 – Regional – mobile broadband subscriptions – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 6 –Regional – mobile broadband penetration – 2010 - 2014
  • Table 7 – Top ten OECD countries by wireless broadband subscriptions – 2012; mid 2014
  • Table 8 – Global - Internet users and annual change – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 9 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 10 – Regional – Market share of fixed broadband subscribers – 2014
  • Table 11 – Global – broadband subscribers by access technology – Q1 2014
  • Table 12 – Global - broadband market share by access technology – Q1 2013; Q1 2014
  • Table 13 – Global – telecoms CAPEX – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 14 – Global – mobile CAPEX – 2011 - 2020
  • Table 15 – Global - telecoms services revenue – 2008 - 2015
  • Table 16 – Global mobile and mobile data revenue – 2012 - 2020
  • Table 17 – Global mobile data traffic – 2000; 2011 - 2015; 2019
  • Table 18 – Regional mobile data traffic growth forecast – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 19 – Global – total satellite industry revenue – 2008 - 2014
  • Table 20 – Global - satellite services revenue – 2003 - 2014
  • Table 21 – Global - satellite broadband revenue – 2009 - 2014
  • Table 22 – Global top 16 mobile parent carriers by subscribers – 2014
  • Table 23 – Major 17 fixed-line parent carriers by subscribers - 2014
  • Chart 1 – Global – subscriptions, unique subscribers and annual change – 2009 – 2014
  • Chart 2 – Global – evolution of mobile CAPEX – 2010 - 2015
  • Chart 3 – Global top 16 mobile carriers by subscribers – 2014
  • Chart 4 – Major 17 fixed-line carriers by subscribers - 2014
  • Exhibit 1 – Major global fixed satellite service operators
  • Exhibit 2 – 2nd Generation satellites

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