Global Mobile - Key Statistics and Trends at a Glance

Synopsis

Archived report. 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.

The traditional mobile communications business models are rapidly becoming out-of-date and unless the mobile operators change their models others, such as the new competitors or the regulators, will start doing it for them. Most mobile operators were taken by surprise by the effect of the smartphone (in particular Apple’s enormous success with its iPhone). They have lost leadership in the mobile market and will now at least have to share their powerful position with others, such as Apple and Google (Android).

This report provides a valuable summary of the key trends and statistics for the global mobile sector, including mobile subscribers, top mobile carriers, prepaid market, FMC market and the key emerging markets of India and China. More detailed information on 3G and 4G developments can be found in separate reports.

Latest developments:

Developments in the USA, Australia and New Zealand are providing insights into the future direction of the mobile industry; there are now over 6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide; the next phase of mobile technology and services rests upon the development of wireless broadband and in particular the 4G technology, Long-term evolution (LTE); in the interim however, mobile users continue to utilise the 2G, 3G and 3.5G (HSPA) services on offer.

Financial information in this report includes:

Top ten carriers worldwide by revenue; Global mobile CAPEX; Global mobile services revenue; Global mobile ARPU, Global mobile churn; Prepaid service revenue worldwide; Worldwide mobile roaming revenue.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Global mobile market overview
    • 2.1 Fundamental changes to the industry
    • 2.2 The spectrum crunch
    • 2.3 Mobile infrastructure becomes a fibre feed-in
    • 2.4 80% of mobile broadband is consumed via WiFi
    • 2.5 Industry consolidation is a must
    • 2.6 Mobile – the major battleground
    • 2.7 Top global mobile carriers
    • 2.8 Global mobile CAPEX and services revenue
    • 2.9 Global mobile ARPU
    • 2.10 Global mobile churn
      • 2.10.1 Examples of European carriers churn
    • 2.11 Global mobile termination
    • 2.12 Global mobile roaming
    • 2.13 Prepaid mobile
      • 2.13.1 Prepaid in emerging markets
  • 3. Spotlight on selected developing markets
    • 3.1.1 China
    • 3.1.2 India
    • 4. Mobile market insights
      • 4.2 Mobile consolidation - a threat to competition
        • 4.2.1 Market disruptions
        • 4.2.2 Operators have lost their all-powerful position
        • 4.2.3 Consolidation in order to regain lost power
        • 4.2.4 Struggling operators will also lead to reduced competition
        • 4.2.5 On the road to structural regulation?
        • 4.2.6 Regulators in a catch-22 situation
      • 4.3 Number Portability
      • 4.4 The declining SMS market
      • 4.5 Near-Field Communication
      • 4.6 Fem-to-cell
      • 4.7 Spectrum issue – more to it than meets the eye
      • 4.8 Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC)
    • 5. Conclusion: mobile phones are a powerful tool
    • 6. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Worldwide mobile statistics at a glance – 2012
    • Table 2 – Worldwide mobile subscriptions and annual change – 2000 - 2012
    • Table 3 – Mobile subscribers by region – 1993 - 2011
    • Table 4 – Worldwide 3G subscribers – 2004 - 2012
    • Table 5 – Top ten carriers worldwide by revenue – 2010; 2011
    • Table 6 – Top 3 telecom operators worldwide by revenue growth – 2007 - 2010
    • Table 7 – China - Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change – March 2011
    • Table 8 – India - GSM mobile operators, subscribers and market share – 2010
    • Table 9 – USA - Mobile major operator subscriber market share – 2008 - 2011
    • Table 10 – Worldwide MVNO subscribers –2010; 2013; 2015
    • Table 11 – Worldwide mobile CAPEX – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 12 – Worldwide mobile services revenue – 2008 - 2012
    • Table 13 – Worldwide average mobile monthly ARPU – 2005 - 2013
    • Table 14 – India - mobile ARPU by technology, prepaid/postpaid/blended – 2010
    • Table 15 – India - mobile ARPU (GSM and CDMA) – 2005 - 2010
    • Table 16 – Vodafone customer churn by key market (Europe) – 2004 - 2011
    • Table 17 – TeliaSonera annualised customer churn by key market (Europe) – 2007 - 2011
    • Table 18 – Telekom Deutschland annualised monthly customer churn by key market – 2009 - 2011
    • Table 19 – France Telecom customer churn by key market (Europe) – 2007 - 2011
    • Table 20 –Mobile termination rates by region – 2005; 2010
    • Table 21 – Worldwide mobile roaming revenue – 2000; 2008; 2012
    • Table 22 – Number of prepaid subscriptions worldwide – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 23 – Prepaid service revenue worldwide – 2005 - 2012
    • Table 24 – Brazil - mobile prepaid/postpaid ratio – 2002 - 2011
    • Table 25 – India - prepaid mobile subscribers: share of total market – 2003 - 2010
    • Table 26 – China - mobile subscribers and annual change – 1995 - 2012
    • Table 27 – Overview of India’s mobile market – 2009 - 2010
    • Table 28 – India - mobile subscribers, annual change and penetration – 2006 - 2012
    • Table 29 – India - mobile subscribers (GSM and CDMA) – 2002 - 2010
    • Table 30 – India - mobile penetration urban and rural – 2007; 2009 - 2010
    • Table 31 – India - mobile services revenue – 1996 - 2012
    • Chart 1 – Worldwide mobile subscribers 2000 - 2012
    • Chart 2 – Worldwide 3G subscribers - 2004 - 2012
    • Chart 3 – China mobile subscriber growth, population penetration – 2000 - 2012
    • Chart 4 – India - mobile subscribers and penetration – 2006 - 2012
    • Chart 5 – India - mobile subscribers by technology and mobile services revenue – 2002 - 2010
    • Exhibit 1 – Carrier attributes churn to poor network coverage
    • Exhibit 2 – Growth drivers for prepaid mobiles in emerging markets
    • Exhibit 3 – Number Portability important element in competition
    • Exhibit 4 – Examples of countries with mobile numbering plans
    • Exhibit 5 – Digital Dividend
    • Exhibit 6 – FMC service examples
    • Exhibit 7 – Growth inhibitors for FMC
    • Exhibit 8 – Leading dual-mode mobile device manufacturers
    • Exhibit 9 – Mobile billionaires

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    Last updated 27 Feb 2012
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    Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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