At year-end 2012, the US was the largest telecom services market in the world, with revenue of US$389.5bn. Mobile data service was the main growth driver, generating $9.8bn more revenue in 2012 than in 2011. Smartphone adoption, machine-to-machine connections and ‘data-sharing’ pricing plans contributed to the growth in mobile data. We expect overall service revenue to grow at 1.5% CAGR during 2012-2017. The fixed/mobile revenue split will remain relatively stable: the ascent of mobile data is balanced in part by steady growth in pay-TV and broadband and by a decline in mobile voice revenue. The top two operators, AT&T and Verizon, accounted for 45% of overall service revenue in 2012. The mobile market landscape is changing rapidly due to a series of M&A events, driven largely by a growing need for spectrum and scale. The merger of MNOs T-Mobile and MetroPCS was approved in April 2013; Japan’s Softbank and Dish Networks have separately bid to acquire Sprint, while both Sprint and Dish are trying to take control of Clearwire.
Table of Contents
Market and Competitor Overview
United States in a regional context
Economic, demographic and political context
Major market players
The United States Intelligence Report is the industry’s best available analysis on market trends, regulatory environments, and competitive dynamics, providing detailed competitive analysis on fixed and mobile sectors, tracking market adoption of new technologies and services such as WiMAX, IPTV, and VoIP.
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