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The Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry is made up of companies that own the wireless infrastructure that enables voice and data services, and radio and television relays. The industry has grown over the past five years, driven by increasing demand for constant connectivity and higher data usage. However, strong price competition among the industry's major players has tempered revenue growth. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to rise at an annualised 2.0% over the five years through 2018-19, to reach $24.0 billion. Increased demand for more expensive mobile plans with higher data caps and expected initial offerings of 5G plans is projected to drive revenue growth of 3.4% in the current more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Demand for constant connectivity and higher data usage have boosted industry revenue growth
  • Profitability has slightly increased, largely due to growth in mobile subscriptions
  • Increasing demand for data services will offset declining demand for voice-only services
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The industry exhibits high levels of capital intensity. For every dollar the industry invests on capital expenses, an estimated $0.63 will be spent on wage costs in 2018-19. Mobile telecommunications carriers have been heavily investing in expanding the capacity of their wireless networks, rolling out new networks, and attaining new spectrum licences. Maintaining and upgrading network infrastructure in line with technological advancements remains highly capital-intensive. Wireless telecommunications carriers have invested in expanding their mobile network capacity to meet future demand.Capital investment includes network infrastructure, land and spectrum. Spectrum licences are required for each state and are held for a finite period. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers are:

  • Development of a symbiotic relationship with another industry
  • Ready access to investment funding
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Mobile telecommunications density and Demand from wired telecommunications network operation in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry?

    The industry includes businesses that operate and maintain transmission and switching facilities to deliver direct communications through airwaves. The industry also includes establishments that provide wireless telecommunications network services, and those that supply and maintain equipment used to receive signals.

    Industry Products
  • Postpaid services
  • Prepaid services
  • Handsets and equipment
  • Data services
  • Machine-to-machine communications
  • Satellite, television and radio relay
  • Industry Activities
  • Cellular telephone communication service
  • Direct-to-home satellite systems operation
  • Microwave/radio wave transmission
  • Satellite communication services
  • Television relay station operation
  • Radio dispatch services provision
  • Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) provision
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Mobile telecommunications density
  • Demand from wired telecommunications network operation
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Participation

    and profit

  • Wired to wireless
  • Growing data demand
  • Spectrum auctions
  • Intensifying competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Industry participation
  • Data consumption
  • Voice market and substitution
  • 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
  • Retail Trade
  • Telecommunications Services
  • Finance
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Communication Equipment Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications Services

  • Products & Services
  • Postpaid services
  • Handsets and equipment
  • Prepaid services
  • Data services
  • Machine-to-machine communications
  • Satellite, television and radio relay
  • Chart: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers
  • Businesses
  • Government
  • 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
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Telstra Corporation Limited, SingTel Optus Pty Limited, Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited,
  • Table: Telstra Corporation Limited - financial performance
  • Table: SingTel Optus Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited - 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
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Average Revenue Per User (Arpu)
  • Reflects the average proportion of a company’s total revenue that each customer is contributing. ARPU is revenue divided by the average number of subscribers.
  • Postpaid
  • A contract-based mobile phone service that is paid for after use. Subscribers receive a bill that is based on their use of mobile phone services for the month.
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol (Voip)
  • Technologies that transmit voice communications and multimedia over internet networks.
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