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.
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.