2006 USA - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband

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Last updated: 10 Oct 2006 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 205

Analyst: Stephen McNamara

Publication Overview

For those seeking high level strategic information and objective analysis on this region, this report is essential reading and gives further information on:

  • Forecast growth in select telecommunication markets;
  • The emerging trends and convergence in US voice, broadband and digital TV sectors;
  • How the US is faring in terms of global broadband development and the role of the USA in the development of the Internet;
  • The current and emerging broadband technologies and their long-term projections;
  • The growth of mobile voice and data and the deployment of 3G and 4G technologies;
  • Key information on the major fixed-line and wireless companies.

Executive Summary

The US telecommunications markets continue to undergo significant transformation as technologies converge toward a triple play model of bundled voice, Internet and TV services.

The downward trend in landline revenues is forecast to steepen due to increasing competition from mobile and new technologies. For instance, mobile revenues are forecast to grow at over 10% CAGR over the next five years, reaching approximately $200 billion in 2010. Similarly VoIP is forecast to treble in subscriber numbers by 2010. In addition, recent substantial investments in WiMAX as a 4G platform indicate that the technology is being considered as a realistic disruptive technology.

As the cable TV companies move into the telcos’ traditional sector with VoIP services, the telcos are responding by aggressively deploying high-bandwidth fibre networks which will chart their path into the IPTV market. These fibre networks, together with the mega-mergers of SBC/AT&T, Verizon/MCI and the pending AT&T Inc/BellSouth acquisition, position the telcos to secure dominance in the broadband market. The extent to which the RBOCs can control the triple play market will depend in part on US policy towards network neutrality and on the extent to which new broadband technologies, such as BPL and WiMAX, will penetrate the market.

This report presents an overview of the telecom regulatory environment, and examines developments in the wireless sector, in the broadband market and new broadband technologies, in digital TV, Internet use and in the convergence towards triple play services.

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