United States Telecommunications Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecommunications industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast Scenario, Telecommunications Risk Reward Index, Market Overview, Regulatory Environment, Company Profiles and Competitive

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BMI View: No forecast revisions have been made in this quarterly update. We maintain the view that strong mobile market competition from T-Mobile has led to the cannibalisation of competitors' customer bases, rather than increasing the number of basic phone users. G rowth in the market has come from connected devices, with the proliferation of smart homes and connected cars s ignalling of the start of a new area of focus . In the wireline services sector, voice and TV continue to be under pressure, w hile the main growth driver , broadband - particularly fibre broadband - is underpinned by a growing demand for data- intensive services. Regulatory decisions, such as the FCC ' s change of the definition of broadband such that the term can only be applied to connections of 25Mbps and above, along with th e development of the Connected America Fund, are also set to drive broadband market growt h as operators look to offer higher speeds to customer s.

Organic Growth Present
Source: BMI, operators, FCC

Latest Updates & Industry Developments

  • The mobile market ended H116 with a total of 361.278mn subscribers, representing a y-o-y growth of 4.7%. The market added a healthy 6.2mn new subscribers in the first six months of 2016.

  • T-Mobile's un-carrier strategy continues to dominate, with the carrier reporting almost 3.1mn net additions in H116.

  • Cable players continue to govern the broadband market, due to their large footprint of advanced networks. In Q116, Comcast's subscriber base grew to 23.767mn, compared with 15.764mn for AT&T.

  • Cord-cutting continues to impact the pay-TV market, with Netflix reporting 45.714mn subscribers, compared with 25.344mn for AT&T and 22.4mn for Comcast. However, cable players have stemmed some of the decline through the introduction of skinnier bundles and streaming services.

  • Software-defined networking (SDN) will be among the key ingredients for future 5G experiences, with carriers actively pursuing advanced mobile data technologies. Verizon has stated that it has deployed LTE-Advanced technology in over 461 cities across the country using two- and three-carrier aggregation. Customers are expected to achieve download speeds over 300Mbps. Sprint, on the other hand, is actively conducting trials in Chicago for its LTE Plus Network as the operator looks to expand its new high-speed data services.

BMI Industry View
Latest Updates & Industry Developments
Industry Forecast
Latest Updates
Structural Trends
Table: Telecoms Sector - Historical Data & Forecasts (United States 2013-2020)
Industry Risk/Reward Index
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Table: Developed Markets Risk/Reward Index, Q316
United States Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Market Drivers & Trends
Wireline Voice & Broadband
Regulatory Development
Table: Regulatory Bodies And Their Responsibilities
Regulatory Bodies
Industry Developments
Competitive Landscape
Telecoms Market Structure
Table: US Telecoms Sector Key Players
Mobile Operator Data
Table: AT&T
Table: Verizon
Table: Sprint
Table: T-Mobile US
Wireline Operator Data
Table: AT&T
Table: Verizon
Table: Comcast
Company Profile
Sprint Corporation
T-Mobile USA
Demographic Forecast
Table: Population Headline Indicators (United States 1990-2025)
Table: Key Population Ratios (United States 1990-2025)
Table: Urban/Rural Population & Life Expectancy (United States 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group (United States 1990-2025)
Table: Population By Age Group % (United States 1990-2025)
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The United States Telecommunications Report features BMI Research's independent industry forecasts on the future strength of United States's ICT market, covering the fixed-line, mobile and internet segments and analyses latest regulatory developments and corporate news, including investment activity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships. Leading operators and manufacturers are fully profiled, highlighting their quarterly financial performance, capital expenditure plans and latest contracts.

BMI's United States Telecommunications Report provides industry professionals and researchers, operators, equipment suppliers and vendors, corporate and financial services analysts and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the telecoms industry in United States.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent telecoms industry forecasts for United States to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic business planning in the American telecoms market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in United States's telecoms sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in United States.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts and views, covering the ARPU, fixed-line, mobile (including 3G & 4G), internet and broadband markets.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the wireline and wireless sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecast Scenario

Historic data series (2010-2013) and forecasts to end-2019 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast.

  • Fixed-line Telephony – Telephone lines (‘000); telephone lines/100 inhabitants.
  • Cellular Telephony – Mobile phone subscribers (‘000); mobile phone subscribers/100 inhabitants; and where available, 3G & 4G subscribers (‘000); 3G & 4G subscribers/100 inhabitants; 3G & 4G subscribers as a percentage of overall mobile market.
  • Internet Markets – Internet users (‘000); internet users/100 inhabitants; broadband internet subscribers (‘000); broadband internet subscribers/100 inhabitants.

BMI’s Telecommunications Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (vendors, operators and suppliers) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide an Indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Data Analysis

Detailed market analysis of the mobile, mobile content, fixed-line and internet segments, broken down into:

  • Market Data – Analysis of market size, operator shares, dominant trends, competitive landscape and key quarterly data.
  • Technology/Service Rollout – Analysis of rollout/adoption of new technology, such as 3G & 4G, WiMAX, IPTV, pay-TV, LTE and valueadded handset services (gaming, music, video, apps etc.).
  • Mobile Content – The latest trends in content and services available and being introduced by mobile operators, including a timeline of all the latest major mobile content developments.
    Company Database – A comprehensive breakdown of KPIs of the leading mobile operators, including subscriber figures by type (pre-paid and post-paid); 3G & 4G subscriber figures; net additions; market share; ARPU; churn rates; minutes of use; voice and non-voice revenue; financial figures (including operating revenues, net profits and EBITDA).

Regulatory Environment

Details of the regulatory bodies and their responsibilities, as well as a special focus on the rules surrounding competition and interconnection. Also covers the latest updates in the market’s development and regulatory rulings.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate Company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Telecommunications Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.