Telecommunications Industry

The telecommunications industry within the sector of information and communication technology is made up of all Telecommunications/telephone companies and internet service providers and plays the crucial role in the evolution of mobile communications and the information society.

Traditional telephone calls continue to be the industry's biggest revenue generator, but thanks to advances in network technology, Telecom today is less about voice and increasingly about text (messaging, email) and images (e.g. video streaming). High-speed internet access for computer-based data applications such as broadband information services and interactive entertainment, is pervasive. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) is the main broadband telecom technology. The fastest growth comes from (value-added) services delivered over mobile networks.[1]

The telecom sector continues to be at the epicenter for growth, innovation, and disruption for virtually any industry. Mobile devices and related broadband connectivity continue to be more and more embedded in the fabric of society today and they are key in driving the momentum around some key trends such as video streaming, Internet of Things (IoT), and mobile payments.

-- Deloitte[2]

Think of telecommunications as the world's biggest machine. Strung together by complex networks, telephones, mobile phones and internet-linked PCs, the global system touches nearly all of us. It allows us to speak, share thoughts and do business with nearly anyone, regardless of where in the world they might be. Telecom operating companies make all this happen.

-- Investopedia[1]

Insight Research[3] projects that telecommunications services revenue worldwide will grow from $2.2 trillion in 2015 to $2.4 trillion in 2019.[4]

Market segmentation

Of all the customer markets, residential and small business markets are the toughest. With hundreds of players in the market, competitors rely heavily on price; success rests largely on brand name strength and investment in efficient billing systems. The corporate market remains the industry's favorite. Big corporate customers are concerned mostly about the quality and reliability of their telephone calls and data delivery while being less price-sensitive than residential customers. Multinationals, spend heavily on telecom infrastructure and premium services like high-security private networks and videoconferencing. Network connectivity can also be provided to other telecom companies by wholesaling circuits to heavy network users like internet service providers and large corporations. [1]

Value chain

2015 share of revenues by segment[5]
segment  % share of revenues
Infrastructure and platform vendors 5
Device vendors 20
Operators 55
Over-the-top content (OTT), content, advertising services 10
Retail and distribution 10

Global players

Top global telecom companies in 2013 [6]
Company Country Market value ($ Bn) Revenue Profit
China Mobile China 213.8 88.8 20.5
AT&T USA 200.1 127.3 7.3
Verizon Communications USA 137.3 115.7 0.9
Vodafone UK 135.7 74.4 11.1
América Móvil Mexico 70.7 60.2 7.1
Telefónica Spain 67.1 82.3 5.2
Telstra Australia 58.4 25.8 3.5
Nippon Telegraph & Tel Japan 58.2 127 5.6
Deutsche Telekom Germany 48.8 76.7 -7
Softbank Japan 47.2 38.78 3.8


See also


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.


Manage research, learning and skills at IT1me. Create an account using LinkedIn to manage and organize your IT knowledge. IT1me works like a shopping cart for information -- helping you to save, discuss and share.

  Contact Us  |  About |  IT Training & References |  IT Careers |  IT Hardware |  IT Software |  IT Books