Global Mobile Market - Major Industry Trends and Statistics

Synopsis

As we quickly approach 2018 – it is timely to look at the trends and statistics which are shaping our global mobile industry. BuddeComm sees continuing subscriber growth coming from the developing markets with China and India in particular leading this growth, albeit at a slower level than in recent years. There is also still a lot of growth ahead for LTE 4G infrastructure deployment - despite the industry hype and discussion taking place around 5G. 4G will continue to be the leading growing mobile technology for the next few years as it still only accounts for around 30% mobile technology market share on a global level. Increased 4G growth will come from some of the large emerging markets. 4G is currently carrying most of mobile data traffic – driven by the increasing use of mobile video and this will increase as 3G slowly becomes phased out. Eventually however it will be 5G which will be required to meet the growing demands of the mobile sector – especially with the escalating developments in IoT and M2M.

This BuddeComm report provides information on the current global market including the global and regional subscriber bases for both mobile and mobile broadband. It provides global statistics on mobile revenue and CAPEX as well as identifying the leading operators. It identifies key trends as well as exploring important markets for future opportunities. For further information on 5G, see separate report: BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Regional Countries – 2017.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Global mobile market analysis – 2018
    • 2.1 Highlighted trends
  • 3. Global mobile subscriptions
  • 4. Global mobile broadband subscriber statistics
  • 5. The emerging markets to watch
  • 6. Financial insights
    • 6.1 Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX)
    • 6.2 Global mobile revenue
    • 6.3 Global mobile ARPU
  • 7. Mobile data traffic
  • 8. Leading global operators
  • 9. Mobile handset and smartphone statistics
  • 10. Mobile industry directions
    • 10.1 Data mining – a next driver of mobile revenue
    • 10.2 The spectrum issue
    • 10.3 Mobile location based services (MLBS)
    • 10.4 HetNet architecture
    • 10.5 Small cell networks
    • 10.6 Monetising mobile towers
    • 10.7 Fixed Mobile Conversion
  • 11. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global – unique mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 2 – Regional - mobile subscriptions – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 3 – Global – active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Regional – mobile broadband penetration – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 5 - Regional – Active mobile broadband active subscriptions – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Top fifteen OECD countries by mobile broadband subscriptions – Mid 2016
  • Table 7 – Global – mobile CAPEX – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 8 – Global – telecoms CAPEX – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Global - mobile revenue – 2014 - 2020
  • Table 10 – Global average monthly mobile ARPU and annual change – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 11 –Selected country examples – monthly mobile ARPU – Q4 2016
  • Table 12 – Global – monthly mobile data traffic – 2000 – 2016; 2021
  • Table 13 – Regional - mobile data traffic growth forecast – 2014 - 2019
  • Table 14 – Global top 15 mobile operators by sales – 2016
  • Table 15 – Global – mobile handset shipments – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Share of mobile handset shipments by region – 2012 - 2015
  • Table 17 – Global – smartphone shipments – 2010 – 2016
  • Table 18 – Global – smartphone share of handset market – 2009 - 2016
  • Exhibit 2 – Global content delivery ecosystem
  • Exhibit 2 – Software Defined Networks

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Last updated 4 Dec 2017
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Lead Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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