Global Telecoms - Key Trends for 2020 - 5G, Mobile Satellite and Fixed Broadband

Publication Overview

The global telecoms sector in 2020 will be heavily focused on 5G along with the infrastructure to support this evolution, including fixed broadband and mobile satellite. Interesting advancements are also expected regarding the underlying trends of IoT; M2M; Cloud Computing; Data Centres and Artificial Intelligence. This BuddeComm report explores the Key Telecoms Trends for 2020 and includes analyses, statistics, examples and trends.

Subjects include:

  • Key global telecoms market statistics and trends;
  • Global mobile sector statistics;
  • Highlighted trend and statistics: 5G;
  • Highlighted trend and statistics: Fixed broadband infrastructure;
  • Highlighted trend and statistics: Mobile satellite.

Researchers:- Kylie Wansink.
Current publication date:- January 2020 (16th Edition)

Executive Summary

Telecoms infrastructure is important for future technology Initiatives

There have been many exciting initiatives in recent years relating to IoT, Artificial Intelligence and the overall Smart City movement. It is thought that we will see even faster advancement of these sectors with the emergence of 5G, supported by fixed high-speed broadband and mobile satellite infrastructure.

5G will offer superior speeds, latency, connections, remote coverage and efficient energy consumption. The development of 5G is close to reaching a tipping point; with many commercial deployments, supported by 5G devices planned for 2020. In addition, we will begin to see the ITU release its much anticipated global standards for the industry.

Adjacent infrastructure and services provided by fixed broadband and mobile satellite will also be a key area of focus for the telecoms industry in 2020. This infrastructure is required to supply backhaul capabilities and fulfill the escalating data demands transpiring from both the developed and developing markets.

The satellite sector now offers higher satellite capacity, lower pricing and general improvements to the technology and this has led to an increased interest in this market - particularly in emerging markets where it can be used to widen the availability of mobile telecoms to rural and remote areas.

We note that important satellite launches, and new service offerings are occurring around the world in 2020, particularly in some of the emerging markets of the South Pacific, South-East Asia and Africa.

Overall trends relating to Cloud Computing, IoT/M2M, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, fixed broadband, submarine cables and mobile satellite will be key areas of interest for the telecoms sector in 2020.

This BuddeComm annual publication explores these topics from the perspective of the telecoms industry, with a focus on 5G, fixed broadband and mobile satellite. It provides insights, analysis, statistics and examples.

Key developments

  • In 2020 the industry focus is well and truly back on telecommunications infrastructure, led by 5G, mobile satellite and fibre-based broadband developments.
  • Trends relating to smart cities, IoT/M2M and Artificial Intelligence will also be a key area of focus.
  • There are now well over 5 billion unique mobile subscriptions globally.
  • With more mature markets becoming increasingly dependent on replacement purchases rather than on first-time buyers, the shipments of smart phone have dropped for the past few years.
  • Globally, the penetration rates of mobile broadband paints an interesting picture with a large contrast between penetration in the developed and developing markets.
  • There are around 1.15 billion fixed broadband subscribers worldwide, indicating opportunities for growth.

Kylie Wansink
December 2019

Table of Contents

  • Key global telecoms trends 2020

    • Smart communities are the ultimate goal
  • Growth opportunities for the telecoms industry

    • Infrastructure
    • Cloud computing
    • Data centres
      • Secondary data centres
      • Fibre networks required for data centres
      • EDGE computing
      • Software-Defined Networking (SDN)
      • Data centres and SME
      • Exiting the market
      • Artificial Intelligence
  • Global telecom statistics

    • Leading telecom operators
    • Global mobile subscriptions
      • Smart phone shipments in decline
  • Global mobile broadband statistics

    • Mobile broadband subscriptions
    • Regional mobile broadband penetration
  • Highlighted Trend for 2020: 5G

    • 5G statistics and forecasts
      • 5G subscriptions forecast
      • 5G CAPEX spend
      • 5G devices
    • 5G spectrum developments
      • Spectrum allocation around the world
    • Top countries leading 5G developments
    • Key 5G considerations
    • Key industry consortiums
      • 3G PPP
      • IMT 2020
  • Highlighted trend for 2020: Mobile satellite

    • Satellite industry overview
    • Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
      • MSS and 5G
      • MSS statistics
      • MSS for emerging markets
  • Highlighted trend for 2020: Fixed broadband

    • Fibre broadband will be needed for 5G
      • 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA)
    • Global fixed broadband subscribers
    • Global submarine cable overview
      • Focus is on developing economies
  • Conclusion – 2020 is the year of 5G


List of Tables

  • Table 1 – Global telecom statistics at a glance
  • Table 2 - Global - Top 10 public telecoms operators by revenue – 2018
  • Table 3 – Global – unique mobile subscribers – 2009 - 2019
  • Table 4 – Regional - mobile subscriptions – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 5 – Global – smart phone shipments – 2016 – 2019
  • Table 6 – Global – active multiple mobile broadband subscriptions – 2014 – 2019
  • Table 7 – Global mobile broadband penetration – developed versus developing markets - 2014 – 2018
  • Table 8 – Regional – mobile broadband penetration – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 9 - Regional – active mobile broadband subscriptions – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Global – market share of mobile technologies – 2018
  • Table 11 – Global – 5G subscription forecast – 2020 – 2022
  • Table 12 – Potential frequency bands for 5G deployment
  • Table 14 – Global – satellite industry revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 15 – Global - satellite services revenue – 2008 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Global - satellite services revenue by sub sector – 2017; 2018
  • Table 17 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers – 2009 – 2019

List of Charts

  • Chart 1 - Mobile subscriber and mobile broadband penetration rates - countries to benefit from the Kacific-1 satellite

List of Exhibits

  • Exhibit 1 – BuddeComm’s highlighted infrastructure trends for the global telecoms sector in 2020
  • Exhibit 2 – Google Tensorflow
  • Exhibit 3 – Angelina and digital gaming
  • Exhibit 4 – Key global developments towards 5G standardisation
  • Exhibit 5 – Examples of 5G device manufacturers
  • Exhibit 6 - Key considerations for government and regulators in relation to 5G
  • Exhibit 7 – Fixed broadband networks are important for society

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