Global Telecoms - The Big Picture - Looking Towards 2018 and Key Industry Statistics


The global telecommunications market continues its transformation into the industry underpinning the digital, sharing and interconnected economy. This transformation is mainly driven by the ongoing innovations and technological developments that are taking place. More often than not the industry itself is struggling to keep up with these rapid changes.

The convergence that we have been talking about for more than 20 years is now happening, but driven by disruption rather than well-considered strategies and marketing campaigns.

The internet companies have been able to embed many of the traditional telecoms services into their offerings, often at little or no cost to their customers. Telecommunications is a way for them to offer a range of other internet services and it is from these that they make their money.

As a consequence, the underlying infrastructure is increasingly becoming a national utility and it will soon be treated as such from a regulatory perspective.

This, of course, is putting enormous pressure on the traditional industry. Overall the growth in this segment of the telco industry is stagnating, and often the only way to maintain profitability is through cost-cutting. On the positive side, innovations and technological developments allow these companies to be more cost-competitive. While there is still a very large cost gap between the internet companies and the traditional Telcos, the telcos are certainly getting better at becoming more efficient and effective. Another outcome of these pressures is the ongoing consolidation of the industry, a process that will continue as we look towards 2018.

Although their revenue might not be growing all that much, usage of their services is, and this allows them to maintain their pricing by offering more services for the same money. Here again, significant improvements in software and network efficiencies allow them to do so.

This report provides a summary of key trends for the global telecoms sector as we look towards 2018. This valuable report also includes recent and current key statistics for the overall global telecoms industry as well as statistics for the mobile, mobile broadband, Internet, satellite and fixed broadband sectors. It also includes a ranking of the top Telcos as well as global telecoms CAPEX and revenue. For further statistics and trends on the global mobile market, see separate reports.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Analysis of the global telecoms industry – looking towards 2018
    • 2.1 Mobile market keeps forging ahead
    • 2.2 The importance of broadband
    • 2.3 The digital, sharing and interconnected economy
    • 2.4 Other key global trends for the telecoms industry
  • 3. Global mobile key statistics
    • 3.1 Wireless/mobile broadband
  • 4. Global Internet key statistics
    • 4.1 Fixed broadband
    • 4.2 The Internet and the economy – in statistics
  • 5. Global telecommunications expenditure
    • 5.1 Global telecoms CAPEX
    • 5.2 Global telecoms outsourcing
  • 6. Global telecoms revenue
    • 6.1 Global telecoms revenue
  • 7. Global telecoms traffic
    • 7.1 IP traffic
  • 8. Satellite services
    • 8.1 Satellite industry revenue
    • 8.2 Mobile Satellite Services (MSS)
  • 9. Ranking of top carriers
  • 10. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Global telecom statistics at a glance – 2014; 2018
  • Table 2 – Regional - mobile subscriptions – 2009 – 2017
  • Table 3 – Global – mobile broadband market share by technology – 2015; Q1 2017
  • Table 4 – Global – mobile broadband subscribers – 2014 - 2018
  • Table 5 –Regional – mobile broadband penetration – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Regional – mobile broadband active subscriptions – 2014 - 2016
  • Table 7 – Top fifteen OECD countries by mobile broadband subscriptions – Mid 2016
  • Table 8 – Global - Internet users and annual change – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 9 – Global - fixed broadband subscribers and annual change – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Regional – market shares of fixed broadband subscribers – 2016
  • Table 11 – Global - broadband market share by access technology – 2013; 2016
  • Table 12 – Global – telecoms CAPEX – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 13 – Global - telecoms services revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Global – total satellite industry revenue – 2008 - 2016
  • Table 15 – Global - satellite services revenue – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 16 – Global – top telecoms operators by revenue - 2016
  • Exhibit 1 – Statistics on the impact of the Internet on the economy
  • Exhibit 2 – Major global fixed satellite service operators
  • Exhibit 3 – 2nd Generation satellites

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