USA - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses

Publication Overview

This report provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in the USA’s telecommunications market. The report analyses the mobile, internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media sectors. Subjects include:

  • Market and industry analyses, trends and developments;
  • Facts, figures and statistics;
  • Industry and regulatory issues;
  • Infrastructure developments;
  • Major Players, Revenues, Subscribers, ARPU, MoU;
  • Internet, VoIP, IPTV;
  • Mobile Voice and Data Markets;
  • Broadband (FttP, DSL, cable, wireless);
  • Convergence and Digital Media;
  • Government policies affecting the telecoms industry;
  • Market liberalisation and industry issues;
  • Telecoms operators – privatisation, IPOs, acquisitions, new licences;
  • Mobile technologies (GSM; 3G, HSPA, LTE, 5G).

Researcher:- Henry Lancaster
Current publication date:- March 2017 (15th Edition)

Executive Summary

USA’s mobile operators fast-tracking 5G developments

The US has one of the largest telecoms markets, which has given it a unique character based only regional licensing. Growth in the 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 5G 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.

Given the size of the US market, and the growing demand for data on both fixed and mobile networks, there is continuous pressure for operators to invest in fibre networks, and to push connectivity closer to consumers. In recent years the US has seen increased activity from regional players as well as the major telcos and cablecos. Much of this activity was stimulated by Google Fiber following its investments in a number of markets. Although Google Fiber began scaling back its efforts in late 2016, the company’s legacy has been profound. It encouraged the major providers to reduce pricing for their similar offers, stimulated interest among municipal leaders, and highlighted the fact that haphazard and potentially duplicated fibre deployments are no effective substitute for municipally-led wholesale fibre infrastructure accessable to any provider.

AT&T and Verizon have shifted their investment efforts from a hybrid fibre-copper architecture to pure fibre. AT&T expected to provide a 1Gb/s FttP service to 12.5 million premises by 2019, with a view to upgrading to XG(S)-PON within a few years. For its part, Verizon had a patchy experience with its FttN rollouts and so has chosen to switch deployment to FttP. At the same time a growing number of cablecos have launched DOCSIS3.1 services, able to provide data at 1Gb/s and above. Future HFC technologies promise considerably faster speeds in the years ahead.

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 releases from the regulator. It also provides an assessment of telcos’ strategies, regulatory policies, and developments in the deployment of emerging technologies. The report also reviews the cable, DSL, Wi-Fi, WiMAX and fibre broadband markets, providing analyses on regulatory measures and an assessment of the major fibre deployments in progress.

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;
  • AT&T planning national LTE-M services by mid-2017;
  • FCC considers both low-end and high-end spectrum bands for possible 5G use;
  • FCC concludes 600MHz spectrum auction;
  • Comcast expands DOCSIS3.1 markets;
  • Altice Group acquires Suddenlink Communications and Cablevisión, rebrands as Altice USA;
  • New York state proposal for $1 billion investment in broadband infrastructure, using state and private funds;
  • Altice USA to deliver a 10Gb/s service across its footprint by 2022;
  • Google Fiber puts on breaks;
  • Report update includes company financial and operating data to Q4 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Corporation, T-Mobile US, TracFone, MetroPCS Communications, Leap Wireless, Frontline, Alltel, US Cellular, Clearwire, Google, CenturyLink, Qwest, Frontier Communications, Windstream, Fairpoint, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, HughesNet, ViaSat

Table of Contents

  • 1. Broadband market
    • 1.1 Introduction and statistical overview
      • 1.1.1 Market analysis
      • 1.1.2 Broadband statistics
      • 1.1.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 1.2 Policy and regulation framework
      • 1.2.1 Network regulation overview
      • 1.2.2 Broadband stimulus package
      • 1.2.3 FCC’s National Broadband Plan
      • 1.2.4 Universal Service Fund
      • 1.2.5 Private networks
      • 1.2.6 Network neutrality
    • 1.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
      • 1.3.1 New technologies
      • 1.3.2 Cable operators
    • 1.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
      • 1.4.1 Introduction
      • 1.4.2 Verizon
      • 1.4.3 AT&T
      • 1.4.4 Frontier Communications
      • 1.4.5 G.fast developments
    • 1.5 Other fixed broadband services
      • 1.5.1 Introduction
      • 1.5.2 Wi-Fi
      • 1.5.3 WiMAX
      • 1.5.4 Municipal wireless broadband
      • 1.5.5 State and municipal deployments
      • 1.5.6 Satellite broadband
    • 1.6 PLC
    • 1.7 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
      • 1.7.1 Market analysis
      • 1.7.2 Market overview
      • 1.7.3 FttP network rollout
    • 1.8 Policy and regulation framework
      • 1.8.1 National Broadband Plan
      • 1.8.2 Gigabit City Challenge
    • 1.9 Public (ILEC, CLEC and Municipal) FttP networks
      • 1.9.1 Municipalities
      • 1.9.2 Google Fiber
      • 1.9.3 FCC ruling on municipal fiber networks
      • 1.9.4 Other projects/providers
    • 1.10 RBOC FttP roll-out
      • 1.10.1 Verizon
      • 1.10.2 AT&T
      • 1.10.3 CenturyLink
      • 1.10.4 Cincinnati Bell
      • 1.10.5 Comcast
  • 2. Digital media
    • 2.1 Videostreaming
    • 2.2 OTT and cord-cutting
    • 2.3 Music streaming
  • 3. Digital economy
    • 3.1 E-services
      • 3.1.1 E-entertainment
      • 3.1.2 E-health
      • 3.1.3 E-government
      • 3.1.4 E-education
      • 3.1.5 E-commerce
  • 4. Mobile communications
    • 4.1 Market analysis
    • 4.2 Mobile statistics
      • 4.2.1 General statistics
      • 4.2.2 Mobile voice
      • 4.2.3 Mobile data
      • 4.2.4 Mobile broadband
      • 4.2.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • 4.3 Regulatory issues
      • 4.3.1 FCC and NTIA develop Model City Program
      • 4.3.2 Public Safety Network
      • 4.3.3 Spectrum
      • 4.3.4 Spectrum swaps and acquisitions
    • 4.4 Mobile infrastructure
      • 4.4.1 Digital networks
      • 4.4.2 Other infrastructure developments
      • 4.4.3 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • 4.5 Major mobile operators
      • 4.5.1 Industry body
      • 4.5.2 AT&T
      • 4.5.3 Verizon Wireless
      • 4.5.4 T-Mobile US
      • 4.5.5 Sprint Corporation
      • 4.5.6 MVNOs
    • 4.6 Mobile content and applications
      • 4.6.1 Mobile music
      • 4.6.2 Mobile TV
      • 4.6.3 M-payment
      • 4.6.4 M-commerce
    • 4.7 Mobile handsets
    • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration – 2000 – 2009
    • Table 2 - Internet users and penetration – 2010 – 2016
    • Table 3 – Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2000 - 2009
    • Table 4 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 - 2017
    • Table 5 – Forecast broadband subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table 6 – Market competition: proportion of broadband subscribers by speed band – 2014
    • Table 7 – Market competition: proportion of broadband subscribers – 2015
    • Table 8 – Top 10 cable MSOs’ subscribers – 2010; 2012 - 2016
    • Table 9 – US cable modem subscribers – 2000 - 2016
    • Table 10 – Historic - Cablevision subscriptions by service – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 11 – Historic - Cablevision financial data – 2011 - 2015
    • Table 12 – Altice USA RGUs by service – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 13 – Suddenlink financial data – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 14 – Suddenlink RGUs by service – 2015 – 2016
    • Table 15 – Comcast financial data – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 16 – Comcast revenue by service– 2012 - 2016
    • Table 17 – Comcast subscriptions by service – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 18 – Comcast bundled services subscriptions – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 19 – Time Warner financial data – 2008 - 2015
    • Table 20 – Charter Communications financial data – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 21 – Charter Communications residential revenue by type – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 22 – Charter Communications residential RGUs by type – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 23 – Broadband subscribers for major telco providers – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 24 – Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 25 – Verizon wireline financial data – 2014 - 2016
    • Table 26 – AT&T fixed-line operational data – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 27 – AT&T financial data – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 28 – Frontier Communications revenue – 2008 - 2016
    • Table 29 – Frontier Communications customers by sector – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 30 – FttP homes passed and connected – 2001 - 2016
    • Table 31 – AT&T wireline operational data – 2013 - 2016
    • Table 32 – CenturyLink financial data – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 33 – CenturyLink subscribers by platform – 2015 - 2016
    • Table 34 – Cincinnati Bell Fioptics revenue – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 35 – Cincinnati Bell Fioptics subscribers – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 36 – Proportion of viewers receiving content, by platform – 2014 – 2016
    • Table 37 – Music streaming revenue by type – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 38 – Music access by household – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 39 – Music streaming revenue by type – 2012 - 2014
    • Table 40 - Online retail sales – 2003 – 2018
    • Table 41 – Mobile market revenue, roaming revenue, ARPU – 2000 - 2015
    • Table 42 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 - 2017
    • Table 43 – Mobile voice traffic – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 44 – Mobile data traffic – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 45 – Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) – 2009 - 2017
    • Table 46 – Forecast mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table 47 – Verizon Wireless LTE devices on network– 2011 - 2016
    • Table 48 – M2M connections – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 49 – AT&T Mobility financial data – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 50 – AT&T wireless subscribers – 2002 - 2016
    • Table 51 – Verizon wireless financial data by sector – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 52 – Verizon wireless subscribers – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 53 – T-Mobile US wireless subscribers – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 54 – T-Mobile US own-branded subscribers – 2003 - 2016
    • Table 55 – T-Mobile US ARPU (€, annualised) – 2009 - 2016
    • Table 56 – T-Mobile US ARPU ($, annualised) – 2012 - 2016
    • Table 57 – T-Mobile US financial data – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 58 – MetroPCS financial data – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 59 – MetroPCS subscribers – 2007 - 2012
    • Table 60 – Sprint financial data – 2009 - 2017
    • Table 61 – Sprint subscribers – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 62 – Sprint blended ARPU – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 63 - Online retail sales – 2012 – 2018
    • Table 64 – Tablets, smartphones in use – 2009 - 2015
    • Table 65 – Handset market share by platform – 2012 – 2013; 2015
    • Chart 1 – Broadband subscribers and penetration – 2010 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Comcast revenue by service– 2012 – 2016
    • Chart 3 – Comcast subscriptions by service – 2012 – 2016
    • Chart 4 – Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data – 2010 – 2016
    • Chart 5 – AT&T operational data – 2011 – 2016
    • Chart 6 – AT&T financial data – 2011 – 2016
    • Chart 7 – Mobile subscribers and penetration – 2002 – 2017
    • Chart 8 – AT&T Mobility financial data – 2004 – 2016
    • Chart 9 – Verizon wireless financial data by sector– 2010 – 2016
    • Chart 10 – Verizon wireless subscribers – 2010 – 2016
    • Chart 11 – T-Mobile US subscribers – 2009 – 2016
    • Chart 12 – Sprint financial data – 2009 – 2017
    • Exhibit 1 – AWS spectrum auction – January 2015

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