2012 USA - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts

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Last updated: 6 Feb 2013 Update History

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Report Pages: 79

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the USA’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttH, DSL, cable TV, wireless);
  • 3G and 4G subscriber developments;
  • Broadband market forecasts for selective years to 2020.

Key developments:

Verizon’s LTE network reaches two-thirds population coverage, FCC proposes 800MHz spectrum licence changes; AT&T’s LTE network reaches 28 markets; MetroPCS launches commercial VoLTE service; Verizon secures AWS spectrum from cablcos; LightSquared files for bankruptcy and ends LTE ambitions; Sprint acquires full ownership of Clearwire for $2.2 billion; FCC begins measuring mobile broadband performance; AT&T buys spectrum from Verizon for $1.9 billion; Cellular One becomes a Verizon ‘LTE in Rural America’ partner; T-Mobile secures tower deal with Crown Castle, merges with MetroPCS; m-payment platform launch; FCC deals with 3G dead zones with Mobility Fund auction; Verizon stops selling stand-alone DSL service; NTIA reports on 2012 funding progress; FCC revises rules to allow WCS license holders to use 30MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band; WhiteFi launches using analogue TV spectrum; FCC issues ‘Gigabit City Challenge’; AT&T to invest $14 billion in LTE and U-verse network to 2015; Maine Fiber Co completes 1,100 mile open network fiber backbone; market developments to February 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Clearwire, Sprint Nextel, AT&, Verizon, MetroPCS, US Cellular, Qwest, CenturyLink, Frontier, Windstream, Fairpoint, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, Google, HughesNet, ViaSat, T-Mobile, Tracfone, Leap Wireless, Frontline, Alltel.

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- February 2013 (10th Edition)

Executive Summary

Impressive LTE deployments masking fixed-line broadband crisis

BuddeComm’s annual publication, USA - Telecoms, IP Networks, Digital Media and Forecasts, provides a comprehensive overview of the trends and developments in the telecommunications and digital media markets in one of the world’s largest markets. The report includes the regulator’s market data updates, telcos’ financial and operating data to the end of 2012, and market developments to early 2013.

Mobile market overview

Despite the growth in data use, Americans still pay almost twice as much for mobile services than do customers in Europe and the Asia Pacific region. High cost is partly due to the lack of effective competition in many areas, with dominant players increasing charges regardless of the falling cost of delivering data. Sector revenue is continuing to migrate to data rather than voice, a trend which will escalate further in 2013 following the introduction of VoLTE services. Over the next five years data volume is expected to grow tenfold, particularly through customer use of rich media, video teleconferencing, mobile video, mobile computing, mobile business solutions and remote health monitoring. Given the paucity of spectrum available, operators will need to develop new business models on network architecture, including upgrades to fiber backhaul and an escalation in the number of microcells.

Broadband market overview

Following the success of Google’s FttH offering in Kansas City, the FCC has called for all 50 states to build at least one community offering a 1Gb/s service by 2015. The ‘Gigabit City Challenge’ is aimed at encouraging providers, state and municipal officials to collaborate in developing faster networks serving as hubs for innovation and economic growth. Thus far there are more than 40 gigabit communities in 14 states. The fast-growing FttH sector is still driven by a growing number of municipal and regional enterprises while the two dominant telcos, having adopted a hybrid fiber/copper network, have all but completed their network upgrades. This has left million of Americans with little prospect of benefitting from FttH, while in many areas broadband will only be available via expensive LTE alternatives.

Key telecom parameters – 2010; 2013

Sector

2010

2013

Subscribers by sector (million):

Fixed broadband subscribers

85.7

95.5

Mobile phone

302

327

Penetration by sector:

Fixed broadband

27%

32%

Mobile

97%

110%

(Source: BuddeComm)

Market Highlights

  • Google’s deployment of 1Gb/s broadband services in Kansas City has spurred regional investments elsewhere, often concentrated in university campuses of municipalities such as Seattle.
  • The FCC has called for all 50 states to build at least one community offering a 1Gb/s service by 2015. The ‘Gigabit City Challenge’ is aimed at promoting business and innovation.
  • The number of cable broadband subscribers in stable though cord cutting is notable as customers ditch cable TV for OTT alternatives.
  • Access to spectrum remains the key to LTE deployment. While mobile data traffic is expected to increase 10-fold by 2016, the FCC has also projected a 275MHz shortfall in required spectrum by 2014 if no further spectrum allocations are made. Operators have endeavoured to secure available spectrum and rationalise their regional holdings through swaps and purchases.

This report is essential reading for those needing high level strategic information and objective analysis on the telecom sector in USA. It provides further information on:

  • Market liberalisation and regulatory issues;
  • The impact of the global economic crisis;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile data market developments in coming years in light of spectrum auctions and new license awards;
  • 4G developments, regulatory issues and technologies including HSPA and LTE;
  • Broadband migration to an FttH architecture;
  • Historical and current subscriber statistics and forecasts;
  • ARPU statistics and forecasts.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.

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