USA - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

Growth in the US mobile subscriber base remains strong despite penetration levels of above 120%. Declining revenue from voice services is compensated for by high growth in mobile data use, itself supported by upgraded networks supporting LTE-based services. Smartphone penetration is also high, which also encourages mobile data use among subscribers. A number of operators, led by AT&T, have partnered with vendors to trial 5G technologies and services. AT&T aimed to develop commercial services by late 2018, which would make it one of the firs carriers globally to do so. In addition, operators are working on the potential of NB-IoT, LTE-U and LTE-A technologies, in some respects as a precursor to 5G.

A major development in early 2017 was the complex reserve auction for spectrum in the 600MHz band, which raised more than $19 billion. Although network operators must wait for spectrum allocations to be concluded, the additional 70MHz made available will go far to supporting mobile broadband in rural areas, and improving network capacity.

This report provides analyses as well as key statistics and forecasts on the US mobile market, including CTIA data for 2015, telcos’ financial and operating data to Q4 2016 and recent market data from the regulator. It also provides an assessment of telcos’ strategies, regulatory policies, and developments in the deployment of emerging technologies.

Key developments:

AT&T expecting to provide 5G services by late 2018; FCC authorises the use of LTE-U devices in the under-utilised 5GHz band; Sprint’s 5G trials supporting 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) video; AT&T planning national LTE-M services by mid-2017; T-Mobile US secures additional 700MHz blocks for $1.3 billion; Google trials facial recognition m-payment system; FCC considers both low-end and high-end spectrum bands for possible 5G use; FCC proceeds with Citizens Broadband Radio Service, securing an additional 100MHz in the 3.5GHz-3.7GHz bands; Google launches Project Fi MVNO; FCC concludes 600MHz spectrum auction; AT&T closes down 2G infrastructure, reassigns spectrum for LTE; report update includes telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Corporation, T-Mobile US, TracFone, MetroPCS Communications, Leap Wireless, Frontline, Alltel, US Cellular; Clearwire.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
      • 3.2.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 SMS and MMS
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 FCC and NTIA develop Model City Program
    • 4.2 Public Safety Network
    • 4.3 Spectrum
      • 4.3.1 AWS spectrum
      • 4.3.2 600MHz
      • 4.3.3 800MHz
      • 4.3.4 2GHz
      • 4.3.5 700MHz
      • 4.3.6 1900MHz
      • 4.3.7 3.5GHz
    • 4.4 Spectrum swaps and acquisitions
      • 4.4.1 T-Mobile US
      • 4.4.2 AT&T
      • 4.4.3 Verizon
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
      • 5.1.1 3G/UMTS
      • 5.1.2 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5.1.3 5G developments
    • 5.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 5.2.1 High Seed Packet Access (HSPA)
      • 5.2.2 CDMA
      • 5.2.3 Push-to-Talk (PTT)
    • 5.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1 Industry body
    • 6.2 AT&T
      • 6.2.1 Acquisitions and sales
    • 6.3 Verizon Wireless
    • 6.4 T-Mobile US
      • 6.4.1 Merger with MetroPCS
      • 6.4.2 Interest from Softbank
      • 6.4.3 Interest from Iliad
    • 6.5 Sprint Corporation
    • 6.6 MVNOs
      • 6.6.1 Google
  • 7. Mobile content and applications
    • 7.1 Mobile music
    • 7.2 Mobile TV
    • 7.3 M-payment
    • 7.4 M-commerce
  • 8. Mobile handsets
  • 9. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile market revenue, roaming revenue, ARPU – 2000 - 2015
  • Table 2 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 5 – Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 7 – Verizon Wireless LTE devices on network– 2011 - 2016
  • Table 8 – M2M connections – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 9 – AT&T Mobility financial data – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 10 – AT&T wireless subscribers – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Verizon wireless financial data by sector – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 12 – Verizon wireless subscribers – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 13 – T-Mobile US wireless subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 14 – T-Mobile US own-branded subscribers – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 15 – T-Mobile US ARPU (€, annualised) – 2009 - 2016
  • Table 16 – T-Mobile US ARPU ($, annualised) – 2012 - 2016
  • Table 17 – T-Mobile US financial data – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 18 – MetroPCS financial data – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 19 – MetroPCS subscribers – 2007 - 2012
  • Table 20 – Sprint financial data – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Sprint subscribers – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 22 – Sprint blended ARPU – 2010 - 2016
  • Table 23 - Online retail sales – 2012 – 2018
  • Table 24 – Tablets, smartphones in use – 2009 - 2015
  • Table 25 – Handset market share by platform – 2012 – 2013; 2015
  • Chart 1 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – AT&T Mobility financial data – 2004 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – Verizon wireless financial data by sector– 2010 – 2016
  • Chart 4 – Verizon wireless subscribers – 2010 – 2016
  • Chart 5 – T-Mobile US subscribers – 2009 – 2016
  • Chart 6 – Sprint financial data – 2009 – 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – AWS spectrum auction – January 2015

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Number of pages 49

Status Current

Last updated 22 Mar 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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