2012 Worldwide Telecoms - Key Industry Statistics and Insights
This report provides a valuable overview of trends and developments for the global telecoms sector with a focus on Internet, mobile and mobile broadband. The report analyses these key market segments and the future of the telecoms sector as a whole. It provides key global statistics and insights.
The future of the telecoms industry;
Opportunities for the telcos;
Fundamental changes in the mobile sector;
Key global telecoms statistics;
Ranking of global telecom and broadband leaders;
Key global mobile statistics;
Key global mobile handset and touchscreen tablet statistics;
Global mobile broadband and mobile app statistics and insights;
Global Internet statistics and usage;
Global VoIP statistics and insights.
The telco model of the future will be based on OTT; both mobile and fixed infrastructure is going to rely heavily on fixed fibre networks; Telstra (Australia) is leading the global telco move towards the OTT model; IoT is the next frontier.
Reserachers:- Kylie Wansink, Paul Budde, Lucia Bibolini, Peter Evans, Paul Kwon, Henry Lancaster, Peter Lange, Stephen McNamara. Current publication date:- July 2012 (9th Edition)
Telecoms a vibrant and changing industry
BuddeComm’s annual publication Global Telecoms – Key Industry Statistics and Insights, provides the key global statistics and trends for the telecoms sector today including fixed services, Internet, mobile and mobile broadband.
It explores the growing concern that many of the social, economic and financial structures have outlived their usefulness and there is no longer a linear way forward. As a result we will have to come up with new solutions and in many ways ICT will be the game-changer.
Despite economic and financial upheavals, the telecoms industry is moving ahead at a fast pace. As a matter of fact our industry is one of the least affected by this turmoil; however the telecoms industry does continue to be involved in a massive transformation.
Since the arrival of the internet, the focus of the industry has moved from providing defined end-products to becoming a facilitator in the development of a range of new products, companies, and indeed new industries.
In recent years we have seen the emergence of digital media and observed the enormous changes to both the industry and society as a result of mobile and mobile broadband.
The next phase of development revolves around the digital economy. Trans-sector services such as e-health, tele-education, e-government, smart grids and the Internet of Things (IoT), incorporating M2M.
In particular, the IoT is the next inflection point after connecting homes (fixed lines) and people (mobile). It will increase telecoms connections to billions of devices. The telcos have an opportunity to show leadership in the developments - but this could equally become another internet-like development, driven by users and the internet industry.
There are many opportunities for the telcos if they are prepared to embrace change. Embracing the OTT model is one option as it opens the way for telcos to start offering certain services internationally. An OTT business model allows the world to become their marketplace.
Perhaps the best option for the telcos is to concentrate on the enormous demand for bandwidth. This needs to be managed, moved around the networks and made available at the edges - using converging wireless and fixed high-speed broadband infrastructure. IoT requires massive data processing through data centres and server farms, linked to an enormous requirement for real-time analytics.
It has become acknowledged that the amount of spectrum needed to satisfy people’s demand from mobile phones, tablets and soon a range of other smart devices is going to be limitless. Mobile carriers are scrambling for spectrum, but it is already known that the spectrum that will become available from the digital dividend (i.e. reuse of broadcast spectrum) will not be enough.
The telco market will remain in transition for at least the next 10 years and during this period new businesses and new industries will develop that will be similar to those we have seen emerging around the internet and mobile broadband.
Some of the largest VoIP service providers in the world in 2012 include NTT, Comcast and France Telecom.
In 2012 Skype is considered to be the global mobile VoIP leader.
On average, almost 24 hours is spent online by the global Internet population each month.
In 2012 around a third of the global population will use the Internet.
Internet Explorer (IE) and Google Chrome are two of the most popular web browsers worldwide, with other strong players like Firefox and Safari also competing in the market.
Unlike the fixed market, the mobile market is, in general, competitive – with some good products and prices arriving in the market. This, in turn, has driven demand for mobile broadband. However it is important to realise that this growth has as much to do with affordability as it has to do with the technical innovations in and around smartphones.
Developments in the USA, Australia and New Zealand are providing insights into the future direction of the mobile industry.
Table of Contents
1. Telecoms Industry in 2012 and beyond
1.1 The Future of the Telecoms Industry
1.1.1 From benign to hard-line monopoly
1.1.2 Telco model of the future will be based on OTT
1.1.3 The end of the line for PSTN and HFC networks
1.1.4 Telstra leading the global telco move towards the OTT model
1.1.5 IoT the next frontier
1.2 Is There a Future for the Telcos?
1.2.1 Telecoms market is transforming but the telcos are not
1.2.2 Telcos lost the internet battle
1.2.3 Telcos also lost the mobile content battle
1.2.4 Next on the chopping block – the infrastructure
1.2.5 So what is next for the telcos?
1.2.6 Is bandwidth the new growth market for the telcos?
1.3 Fundamental Changes to the Mobile Industry
1.3.1 The spectrum crunch
1.3.2 Mobile infrastructure becomes a fibre feed-in
1.3.3 Industry consolidation is a must
1.3.4 Market leadership no longer with the operators
1.3.5 Mobile broadband: killer app for FttH
1.3.6 Case study: Europe
2. Global Telecoms and Mobile Sector Key Statistics
2.1 Global Telecoms - Key Statistics at a Glance
2.1.1 Key global telecoms statistics in 2012
2.1.2 Global telecommunications expenditure and revenue
2.1.3 Satellite services
2.1.4 Global telecoms outsourcing
2.2 Global Ranking - Telecoms and Broadband Leaders
2.2.1 Global top 11 wireless carriers by subscribers
2.2.2 Global top 10 fixed line carriers by lines in service
2.2.3 Global major 11 broadband carriers by subscribers
2.2.4 Major 228 carriers worldwide by revenue and subcribers
2.2.5 Major 104 parent telecoms companies worldwide
2.3 Global Mobile - Key Statistics at a Glance
2.3.1 Mobile – the major battleground
2.3.2 Global mobile CAPEX and services revenue
2.3.3 Global mobile ARPU
2.3.4 Global mobile churn
2.3.5 Spotlight on selected developing markets
2.3.6 Mobile market insights
2.3.7 Conclusion: mobile phones are a powerful tool
2.4 Global Mobile - Handset and Touchscreen Statistics
2.4.1 Historical handset market growth
2.4.2 Global mobile handset statistics and forecasts
2.4.3 Smartphones leaders
2.4.4 Touchscreen tablets
2.4.5 Other trends and developments
2.4.6 Safety and security issues
2.5 Global Mobile Broadband - Key Statistics and Mobile App Insights
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