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Global Telecoms Market: Trends & Forecasts 2018-2023 - Mobile Handset Revenue Will Account for 45.3% of the Total Service Revenue in 2023 Due to the Mobile-Centric Nature of Most Regions -


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Telecoms service revenue will continue to grow worldwide, primarily
due to the continuous demand for mobile data services.

Mobile handset revenue will account for 45.3% of the total service
revenue in 2023 due to the mobile-centric nature of most regions.
Regions with significant populations are also still exhibiting growth in
this segment. This report examines telecoms trends on a global and
regional level and provides key insights into the future of these

This report and data annex provide:

  • a 5-year forecast of more than 180 mobile and fixed KPIs for the
    worldwide telecoms markets and for eight regions
  • an in-depth analysis of the trends, drivers and forecast assumptions
    for each type of mobile and fixed service in each geographical region,
    and a worldwide summary
  • an overview of operator strategies and region-specific topics, in
    order to highlight similarities and differences by means of a
    cross-regional comparison
  • a summary of results, key implications and recommendations for mobile
    and fixed operators.

Worldwide totals are refreshed every time any of the regional results
are updated.

Topic Coverage

Geographical Coverage

  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Developed Asia-Pacific (DVAP)
  • Emerging Asia-Pacific (EMAP)
  • Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • North America (NA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Western Europe (WE)

Key Performance Indicators



  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Prepaid, contract
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Smartphone,
  • non-smartphone


  • Voice, broadband, IPTV, dial-up
  • Narrowband voice, VoBB
  • DSL, FTTP/B, cable, BFWA, other

Fixed & Mobile Voice Traffic

Outgoing Minutes, MoU



  • Service, retail
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Handset voice, messaging, data


  • Service, retail
  • Voice, broadband, IPTV, dial-up, BNS
  • DSL, FTTP/B, cable, BFWA, other

Mobile ARPU

  • SIMs, handset
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset voice, data


9. Executive summary and recommendations

10. The global telecoms service revenue will grow to USD1699 billion by
2023, primarily due to growth in the number of mobile handsets in
developing markets

11. Retail revenue will continue to grow in all regions even though only
three consist of countries that all have positive CAGRs

12. Geographical coverage: there will be significant infrastructure
developments in NGA fixed broadband and mobile networks in all regions
except for SSA and MENA

13. Key trends, drivers and assumptions for the mobile and fixed markets

14. Key recommendations for telecoms operators

15. Global forecasts and regional comparison

16. Market context: telecoms share of GDP ranges from 1.5% in CEE to
2.1% in MENA and SSA

17. Key mergers, acquisitions, and market entries

18. Key drivers at a glance for each region

19. Market overview: mobile handset revenue will continue to account for
nearly 57% of total telecoms retail revenue in 2023

20. Mobile: 4G will be the dominant mobile generation during the
forecast period; the contract share of connections will have limited

21. Mobile: increased data consumption combined with migration from
prepaid to postpaid plans will reduce the rate of ARPU decline

22. Mobile: 5G roll-outs and IoT applications will be key areas for
operator investment during the forecast period

23. Fixed: the increased momentum in the roll out of fibre will result
in a competitive NGA environment in most regions, thereby driving fixed
revenue growth

24. Fixed: fixed broadband ASPU will decrease in most regions during the
forecast period, apart from in North America where competition is limited

25. Fixed: EMAP will overtake NA in terms of the NGA share of
connections, but DVAP will lead by 2023

26. Business services: the operator share of business services revenue
will decrease as services from specialised IT players become more popular

27. IoT: the automotive and smart building sectors will be the key
drivers for IoT revenue

28. Pay TV: growth in pay-TV revenue will be primarily driven by OTT
video services as revenue from traditional pay-TV will begin to decline
after 2019

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