BuddeComm Intelligence Report - Telecoms and the GFC Insights


Archived report. In 2013 it has now been around five years since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) occurred and there is much speculation about its future. With financial uncertainty persisting in North America and Europe – two key global economic engines – the impact continues to be disastrous for the overall global economy. In 2013 the spotlight has also turned on China with it’s slower than expected growth and significant debt.

While the telecommunications industry has certainly slowed; as a whole it remains resilient with a focus on investments in fixed and mobile broadband. This highlights the importance of telecoms infrastructure on the world today and recognises that it under-pins most significant industries and in turn – the economy. Could in fact ICT/broadband infrastructure be the infrastructure project to lift us out of this crisis?

This BuddeComm Intelligence Report explores the impact the economic crisis is having on the telecoms industry and examines telecoms in the context of its importance to a global recovery.

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The GFC is fundamentally changing the economic environment that we have been enjoying for the last 50 years. While it is anybody’s guess what will happen in Europe, the outcome there will change the finance world forever. Telecommunications and the internet are a key consideration in decision making as they are now pervasive vital service platforms, underpinning much of the international trade and global financial systems, besides the global personal communications industry.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. The GFC in context
    • 2.1 Key impacts of the GFC on telecoms
  • 3. Market insights
    • 3.1 Can telecoms lift us out of the GFC?
    • 3.2 Global telecommunications market snapshot
  • 4. Investing in the Communications Revolution
    • 4.1 Stimulus packages
    • 4.2 Infrastructure investments are coming under threat
  • 5. FttH emerges as a serious broadband platform
    • 5.1 FttH and stimulus money
    • 5.2 Some of the world’s largest investors are moving into FttH
    • 5.3 Broadband demand-side management
  • 6. Case study: Europe
    • 6.1 Europe’s fibre infrastructure gaining pace through investment stimuli in 2013
    • 6.2 French government rekindles national FttH investment programme
  • 7. Co-development of fibre and the digital economy
    • 7.1 Infrastructure comes before services (unfortunately)
  • 8. Infrastructure essential for the digital economy
    • 8.1 Delivering trans-sector approaches
      • 8.1.1 Cloud computing in the trans-sector context
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global - telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2008 - 2013
  • Table 2 – Global - telecoms services revenue – 2008 - 2012
  • Table 3 – Global - telecom statistics at a glance – 2013
  • Table 4 – Broadband market share by access technology – 2008; Mid 2010; Mid 2012
  • Table 5 – How investing in broadband can boost economies
  • Exhibit 1 – Examples of countries with planned ICT infrastructure investment – 2009
  • Exhibit 2 – Open networks
  • Exhibit 3 – Brief case study – Botswana and telecoms in 2013

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Number of pages 18

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Last updated 28 May 2013
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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