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USA - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

December 2020 | 222 pages | ID: UEA037FAD71BEN
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The USA - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses report includes all relevant BuddeComm research data and analysis. Covering trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, internet, broadband, infrastructure and regulation. Please review the Executive Summary and Table of Contents for more details.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Winners of the RDOF auction announced

Growth in the US mobile subscriber base remains strong, with a penetration rate of about 135%. Declining revenue from voice services is compensated for by high growth in mobile data use, itself supported by upgraded networks based on LTE technologies. Smartphone penetration is also high, which had encouraged mobile data use among subscribers. The major operators, led by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US, have expanded their commercial 5G services and have also joined an international alliance to develop 6G, aiming to be at the forefront in determining technology standards and government policies.

Major recent developments include the conclusion of the auction for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) in early December 2020, which aims to connect around 5.3 million unserved homes and businesses located in mostly rural areas.

Given the size of the US broadband market, and the growing demand for data on both fixed and mobile networks, there is continuous pressure for operators to invest in fibre networks, and to push connectivity closer to consumers. In recent years the US has seen increased activity from regional players as well as the major telcos and cablecos. Much of this activity was stimulated by Google Fiber following its investments in a number of markets. Although Google Fiber (now managed through Alphabet's Access unit) began scaling back its efforts in late 2016, the company's legacy has been profound. It encouraged the major providers to reduce pricing for their similar offers, stimulated interest among municipal leaders, and highlighted the fact that haphazard and potentially duplicated fibre deployments are no effective substitute for municipally-led wholesale fibre infrastructure accessible to any provider.

During a time when the resurgent Covid-19 virus is forcing many Americans to work and learn remotely, the incoming administration is considering a wide array of measures to extend the availability of broadband in rural areas, raise internet speeds for households, assist low-income households to pay internet bills, and provide more funding to schools for computers and other equipment. The incoming administration has also affirmed its commitment to universal broadband as part of a broader preview of its economic recovery agenda.

In November 2020, sixty groups representing educators and students called on Congress to release $12 billion in emergency funding for the E-Rate program to ensure that K-12 students can access the internet from home with appropriate devices.

There is growing recognition of the importance of a trans-sectoral approach to broadband networks, including the health, education and energy sectors, in order to fully realise the benefits of the nascent digital economy. The FCC's Ninth Fixed Broadband report, published in August 2020, revealed how much still needs to be done to move the US broadband market forward.

This report provides analyses as well as key statistics and forecasts on the US mobile market. It also assesses telcos' strategies, regulatory policies, and developments in the deployment of emerging technologies. In addition, the report covers the cable, DSL, FttP, Wi-Fi and WiMAX broadband markets, providing market analyses as well as a range of relevant statistics.

BuddeComm notes that the outbreak of the Coronavirus is having a significant impact on production and supply chains globally. During the coming year the telecoms sector to various degrees is likely to experience a downturn in mobile device production, while it may also be difficult for network operators to manage workflows when maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure. Overall progress towards 5G may be postponed or slowed down in some countries.

On the consumer side, spending on telecoms services and devices is under pressure from the financial effect of large-scale job losses and the consequent restriction on disposable incomes. However, the crucial nature of telecom services, both for general communication as well as a tool for home-working, will offset such pressures. In many markets the net effect should be a steady though reduced increased in subscriber growth.

Although it is challenging to predict and interpret the long-term impacts of the crisis as it develops, these have been acknowledged in the industry forecasts contained in this report.

The report also covers the responses of the telecom operators as well as government agencies and regulators as they react to the crisis to ensure that citizens can continue to make optimum use of telecom services. This can be reflected in subsidy schemes and the promotion of tele-health and tele-education, among other solutions.

Key developments:
  • Priority Access Licenses in the 3550-3650 MHz portion of the 3.5 GHz band (Auction 105) winners announced;
  • Verizon makes bid to acquire Tracfone;
  • US-based MNOs join alliance to develop 6G;
  • All but two BTOP programs projects have been completed;
  • Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I (Auction 904) winners announced;
  • SpaceX wins $885 million in federal subsidies to expand Starlink in the RDOF auction;
  • E-commerce sales for the third quarter of 2020 equalled 14.3% of total retail sales;
  • Groups representing schools, libraries and students request Congress to release $12 billion in emergency funding for the E-Rate program;
  • Infinera and Windstream complete live network trial achieving 800Gb/s single-wavelength transmission over 730km;
  • CenturyLink rebrands as Lumen Technologies
  • Google builds new subsea cable connecting US, UK and Spain;
  • Report update includes telcos' operating and financial data to Q3 2020, assessment of the global impact of Covid-19 on the telecoms sector, recent market developments.
Companies mentioned in this report:

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Corporation, T-Mobile US, TracFone, MetroPCS Communications, Leap Wireless, Frontline, Alltel, US Cellular, Clearwire, Google, CenturyLink, Qwest, Frontier Communications, Windstream, Fairpoint, Cincinnati Bell, Comcast, HughesNet, ViaSat, Altice USA, SpaceX, Lumen
1 KEY STATISTICS

2 COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE TELECOM SECTOR

2.1 Economic considerations and responses
2.2 Mobile devices
2.3 Subscribers
2.4 Infrastructure

3 REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT

3.1 Public Safety Network
3.2 wireless Local Number Portability (WLNP)
3.3 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
3.4 Privacy-related legislation
3.5 Spectrum
3.6 Spectrum swaps and acquisitions

4 MOBILE MARKET

4.1 Market analysis
4.2 Mobile statistics
4.3 Mobile infrastructure
4.4 Major mobile operators
4.5 Mobile content and applications

5 FIXED-LINE BROADBAND MARKET

5.1 Introduction and statistical overview
5.2 Policy and regulation framework
5.3 Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) network
5.4 Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
5.5 Other fixed broadband services
5.6 Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP)
5.7 Policy and regulation framework
5.8 Public (ILEC, CLEC and Municipal) FttP networks
5.9 RBOC FttP roll-out

6 DIGITAL -ECONOMY

6.1 E-services

7 DIGITAL MEDIA

7.1 Videostreaming
7.2 Music streaming

8 APPENDIX HISTORIC DATA

9 GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

10 RELATED REPORTS

LIST OF TABLES

Table 1 Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities USA 2020 (e)
Table 2 Mobile market revenue, roaming revenue, ARPU 2010 2019
Table 3 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 4 Mobile voice traffic 2012 2019
Table 5 Mobile data traffic 2011 2019
Table 6 Mobile data-only devices in use 2013 2019
Table 7 Messaging traffic (SMS, MMS) 2010 2019
Table 8 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 9 LTE mobile broadband coverage broadband subscribers and penetration 2012 2016
Table 10 Verizon Wireless LTE devices on network 2011 2017
Table 11 Development of AT&T Mobility's financial data 2010 2020
Table 12 AT&T wireless subscribers 2010 2020
Table 13 Development of Verizon Wireless's financial data 2010 2020
Table 14 Verizon wireless subscribers 2010 2020
Table 15 T-Mobile US wireless subscribers 2010 2020
Table 16 Growth in the number of T-Mobile US's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Table 17 T-Mobile US ARPU (, annualised) 2009 2020
Table 18 T-Mobile US ARPU ($, annualised) 2012 2020
Table 19 T-Mobile US financial data 2010 2020
Table 20 Sprint wireless financial data 2009 2019
Table 21 Sprint subscribers 2010 2020
Table 22 Sprint blended ARPU 2011 2019
Table 23 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Table 24 Top 10 cable MSOs' subscribers 2010; 2012 2020
Table 25 Cable broadband subscribers by key operators September 2020
Table 26 US cable broadband subscribers 2010 2018
Table 27 Change in the number of Altice USA's RGUs by service 2016 2020
Table 28 Development of Altice USA's financial data 2016 2020
Table 29 Development of Altice USA's revenue by type 2016 2020
Table 30 Development of Comcast's financial data 2009 2020
Table 31 Comcast revenue by service 2009 2020
Table 32 Comcast subscriptions by service 2012 2018
Table 33 Comcast bundled services subscriptions 2014 2019
Table 34 Charter Communications financial data 2009 2020
Table 35 Charter Communications residential revenue by type 2009 2020
Table 36 Change in the number of Charter Communications' residential RGUs by type 2009 2020
Table 37 Broadband subscribers for major telco providers 2009 2020
Table 38 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 2020
Table 39 Verizon wireline financial data 2014 2019
Table 40 AT&T fixed-line operational data 2009 2020
Table 41 AT&T financial data 2010 2020
Table 42 Frontier Communications revenue 2008 2020
Table 43 Frontier Communications customers by sector 2011 2020
Table 44 FttP homes passed and connected 2010 2018
Table 45 AT&T wireline operational data 2013 2020
Table 46 CenturyLink financial data 2015 2020
Table 47 CenturyLink subscribers by platform 2015 2020
Table 48 Cincinnati Bell Fioptics revenue 2012 2020
Table 49 Cincinnati Bell Fioptics subscribers 2012 2020
Table 50 Retails sales in the US ($ billion) 2019 - 2020
Table 51 Historic - Mobile market revenue, roaming revenue, ARPU 2000 2009
Table 52 Historic - Mobile subscribers and penetration 2002 2009
Table 53 Historic - AT&T Mobility financial data 2004 2009
Table 54 Historic - AT&T wireless subscribers 2002 2009
Table 55 Historic - Verizon wireless subscribers 2005 2009
Table 56 Historic - T-Mobile US wireless subscribers 2003 2009
Table 57 Historic - MetroPCS financial data 2007 2012
Table 58 Historic - MetroPCS subscribers 2007 2012
Table 59 Historic - M2M connections 2009 2013
Table 60 Historic - Internet users and penetration 2000 2009
Table 61 Historic - Broadband subscribers and penetration 2000 2009
Table 62 Fixed broadband subscribers by data rate 2012 2016
Table 63 Fixed broadband population coverage by data rate 2012 2016
Table 64 Historic - Cablevision subscriptions by service 2011 2015
Table 65 Historic - Cablevision financial data 2011 2015
Table 66 Historic - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2008 2009
Table 67 Historic - Internet users and penetration 2010 2015
Table 68 Historic - Optimum RGUs by service 2015 2018
Table 69 Historic - Suddenlink RGUs by service 2015 2018
Table 70 Historic - Suddenlink financial data 2016 2018
Table 71 Historic - Cablevision financial data 2011 2019
Table 72 Historic - FttP homes passed and connected 2001 2009
Chart 1 Growth in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 2 Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 3 Development of AT&T Mobility' financial data 2010 2020
Chart 4 Development of Verizon Wireless's financial data 2010 2020
Chart 5 Verizon wireless subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 6 T-Mobile US subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 7 Growth in the number of T-Mobile US's mobile subscribers 2010 2020
Chart 8 T-Mobile US financial data 2009 2020
Chart 9 Sprint financial data 2009 2019
Chart 10 Growth in the number of fixed broadband subscribers and penetration 2010 2025
Chart 11 Change in the number of Altice USA's RGUs by service 2016 2020
Chart 12 Development of Altice USA's financial data 2016 2020
Chart 13 Development of Altice USA's revenue by type 2016 2020
Chart 14 Development of Comcast's financial data 2009 2020
Chart 15 Comcast revenue by service 2009 2020
Chart 16 Comcast subscriptions by service 2009 2020
Chart 17 Comcast bundled services subscriptions 2014 2020
Chart 18 Change in the number of Charter Communications' residential RGUs by type 2009 2020
Chart 19 Verizon wireline (FiOS) operational data 2010 2020
Chart 20 AT&T operational data 2009 2020
Chart 21 AT&T financial data 2010 2020
Chart 22 Frontier Communications customers by sector 2011 2020
Chart 23 AT&T wireline operational data 2013 2020
Exhibit 1 RDOF Phase 1 auction results December 2020
Exhibit 2 AWS spectrum auction January 2015
Exhibit 3 mmWave spectrum auctions May/June 2019
Exhibit 4 mmWave spectrum auction February 2020


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