The telecommunications industry is one of the fastest–growing industries in the world, the evolution of which is really fascinating.
The history of telecom industry began with the use of smoke signals and drums in Africa, some parts of Asia and the Americas… and look at us now!
About 80 to 90 players operate in the US national market. Among them, there are four nationwide mobile operators, one multi-regional operator, and dozens of regional and local operators.
In Europe, we have around 35 mobile network operators at group or company level.
The two biggest players are present in eleven and twelve EU countries respectively. The four biggest operators serve around 60% of EU subscribers.
In addition, we have a number of players that are active only in a limited number of countries or in just one. In each of the national markets, there are typically three, at most four, mobile network operators.
So, while the biggest companies in the EU are present in multiple territories, consumers in each territory are captive in national markets. They cannot access the same offerings as their neighbours across national borders.
U.S. market is outperforming the EU market in many important respects:
• EU consumers pay less per month than U.S.consumers for mobile wireless services, but U.S. consumers use five times more voice minutes and twice as much data.
• Growth in investment in the U.S. is translating into faster data connection speeds: U.S. speeds are now 75 percent faster than the EU average, and the gap is expected to grow.
• The U.S. is deploying LTE at a much faster pace than the EU; by YE 2013, 19 percent of U.S. connections will be on LTE networks compared to less than two percent in the EU.
MONTHLY REVENUE PER Subscription
Average, 2012 Q1-Q4
Source: GSMA Wireless Intelligence