On call: The proliferation of mobile phones has spurred demand for wireless services

The Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry benefited from the rapid development of mobile devices. Additionally, infrastructure investments and advancements in technology have also led to strong revenue growth. In the next five years, the industry's performance will largely depend on how competition unfolds for wireless spectrum. However, the industry is expected to increase as a result of expanding demand for wireless data services...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$269bn
Annual Growth 12-17
2.0%
Forecast Growth 17-22
Profit
Employment
219,859
Businesses
10,317
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Smartphones and apps offering mobile services are forecast to drive revenue growth
  • Consumers often chose to eliminate landlines rather than wireless connections
  • The enhanced speed of 4G networks continues to encourage more customers to abandon landlines
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry has performed well over the past five years, as the number of mobile internet connections exploded at an annualized rate of 14.0%. The industry generated strong revenue growth and profitability due to infrastructure investments and advancements in technology. In the five years to 2017, revenue is expected to grow an annualized 2.0% to $268.7 billion, including an annual increase of 3.2% in 2017. During the period, profitability has fluctuated primarily due to the high level of mergers and acquisitions, as well as an influx of low-cost options...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

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

  • Developing close relationships in other industries
  • Ready access to investment funding
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of mobile internet connections and Percentage of services conducted online in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry?

    This industry operates and maintains switching and transmission facilities to provide direct communications through the airwaves. Industry services include cellular mobile phone services, paging services, wireless internet access and wireless video services.

    Industry Products
  • Cellular voice services
  • Text messaging
  • Other data services
  • Advanced PCS services
  • Other non-data services
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing wireless network communication service for local, long-distance and international calls
  • Providing messaging services, such as short message services (SMS) and multimedia messaging services (MMS)
  • Providing wireless internet services and other non-messaging data
  • Selling cell phones and other wireless devices
  • Renting out wireless telecommunications equipment
  • Wholesaling wireless infrastructure capacity to telecommunications resellers
  • Operating and maintaining of switching and transmission facilities
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Price of semiconductor and electronic components

  • Current Performance
  • Data-driven growth
  • Wireless or wired
  • Concentration and competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry landscape
  • Subscriber saturation
  • The spectrum race
  • The T-Mobile Revolution
  • Table: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Telecommunications Resellers
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Alarm, Horn & Traffic Control Equipment Manufacturing
  • Computer Manufacturing
  • Semiconductor & Circuit Manufacturing
  • Telecommunication Networking Equipment Manufacturing
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers

  • Products & Services
  • Cellular voice services
  • Text messaging
  • Other non-data services
  • Advanced PCS services
  • Other data services
  • Chart: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households and individuals
  • Business clients
  • Government & NPOs
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketing
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionPriceServiceProduct innovationGeographic coverageExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Verizon WirelessAT&T Inc.Deutsche Telekom AGSprint Corporation
  • Table: Verizon Wireless - financial performance
  • Table: AT&T Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Deutsche Telekom AG - financial performance
  • Table: Sprint Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of mobile internet connections (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Average Revenue Per User (Arpu)
  • A key performance indicator in telecommunications that indicates whether revenue growth is due to increased customers or phone usage. ARPU is revenue divided by the average number of subscribers.
  • Broadband Pcs
  • Service in the 1850-1990 MHz spectrum range. Commonly used for mobile voice and data services, including cell phone, text messaging, and Internet.
  • Churn Rate
  • The rate of increase at which customers discontinue their service on a voluntary or involuntary basis.
  • Long-Term Evolution (Lte)
  • The successor technology to GSM, designed to operate on IP-based networks. LTE networks use a simpler, flat network architecture compared to GSM.
  • Narrowband Pcs
  • Service in the 901-902, 930-931, and 940-941 MHz spectrum range. Commonly used for two-way paging and telemetry. Telemetry includes services such as monitoring utility meters from off-site locations.
  • Personal Communications Services (Pcs)
  • Family of mobile radio communications services that encompass mobile and ancillary fixed communications services to individuals and businesses.
  • Unlicensed Pcs
  • Unlicensed PCS will accommodate a wide range of services for small areas such as data networking within office buildings.
  • Wimax
  • Also known as IEEE 802.16m, a telecommunications standard that operates on IP-based networks in the microwave spectrum.
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    IBISWorld’s Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Research Report offers insight into the market at the national level. Our analysis highlights macro trends in the overall sector and the micro trends faced by companies that do business in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry. Our five-year outlook forecasts explain how the market is set to change and the product segments that will drive growth.

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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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