Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
In the past five years, wireless communications have become essential to the day-to-day lives of the majority of the world's consumers, resulting in a surge in demand. The overwhelming majority of new wireless subscriptions over the period have emanated from emerging markets, particularly those of India, China and Africa. In contrast, markets in developed economies have reached saturation, preventing wireless carriers in these markets from achieving the subscriber growth rates of their counterparts in emerging economies, and instead leading them to focus on increasing per-user revenue. Industry growth is expected to continue in the next five years, as carriers complete fourth-generation network rollouts and benefit from booming demand for data services... read more
Starting a New Business
Companies looking to enter the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry face a number of significant barriers to entry. The most formidable of these barriers are the capital intensity of the industry and its regulatory backdrop. Industry operators allocate significant capital toward the building and upgrading of wireless networks. Gaining access to large amounts of capital is difficult, especially in the current economic climate, and may preclude some companies from entering the industry.
The high rate of technological change in the industry increases its capital intensiveness... read more