The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
China Mobile $x.xlock
SoftBank Group $x.xlock
Verizon Communications $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Over 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 over the next five years as carriers complete fourth-generation network rollouts and benefit from booming demand for data services...

Industry Key Buyers

In contrast to domestic markets, which typically exhibit a high level of concentration, the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry has a low level of concentration. This can be attributed to large players dominating a country or a geographic region, but not having a major global presence. Over the next five years, companies with extensive operations in the emerging markets of South America, India and China are expected to significantly increase their market share. These countries and regions are characterized by high wireless penetration, but low average revenue per user (ARPU). Con..

Additional Insights for the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Development of margin enhancing services
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as GDP of the BRIC nations and Global consumer spending in the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry?

    Companies in this industry operate and maintain switching and transmission facilities to provide direct communications via wireless radio transmission. Wireless services include cellular voice telephony services, messaging services, broadband data services and mobile backhaul services (i.e. transferring data from small subnetworks to a network core). Carriers may also retail mobile handsets and related equipment to consumers. The industry does not include mobile virtual network operators.

    Industry Products
    Voice telephony and messaging services
    Data services
    Equipment and other
    Industry Activities
    Providing voice telephony services
    Providing mobile messaging services
    Providing mobile data services
    Providing mobile backhaul services
    Retailing handsets and associated equipment

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • GDP of the BRIC nations
  • Global consumer spending
  • Global unemployment rate
  • Global population

  • Current Performance
  • Surging subscriptions in emerging markets
  • Competition in developed markets
  • Technological advances
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Competition and consolidation
  • Data explosion
  • Table: Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Telecommunications
  • Global Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Manufacturing
  • Global Semiconductor & Electronic Parts Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Voice telephony and messaging services
  • Data services
  • Equipment and other
  • Chart: Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Prepaid subscribers
  • Postpaid subscribers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Additional expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Verizon Communications Inc.SoftBank Group Corp.China Mobile Limited
  • Table: Verizon Communications Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: SoftBank Group Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: China Mobile Limited - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Mobile Subscribers (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Average Revenue Per User (Arpu)
  • A key performance indicator that indicates whether revenue is due to increased customers or phone usage. ARPU equals revenue divided by the number of subscribers.
  • Churn Rate
  • Refers to the proportion of subscribers that discontinue service during a given time period (e.g. quarterly or annually). Customer churn measures a company's success in retaining customers.
  • M-Commerce
  • A transaction that is initiated or completed using a mobile electronic device.
  • Postpaid
  • A contract-based cell phone service that is paid for after use. Subscribers receive a bill that is based on their use of cell phone services for the month.
  • Prepaid
  • A cell phone service that is purchased prior to use. The subscriber purchases credit to use on a cell phone network and in doing so, avoids ongoing billing.
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