Greater coverage: The rollout of 5G is likely to facilitate industry recovery in the medium term

Companies in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry are involved in operating, maintaining and providing access to facilities for the transmission of voice, data, text, sound and video using wireless telecommunications infrastructure. The industry is very highly concentrated, with four mobile network operators (MNOs) dominating the industry and accounting for an estimated 94.7% of industry revenue in 2019-20. Therefore, the performance of the overall market is dictated largely by the performance of these four MNOs.Over the five years through 2019-20, industry revenue is expected to decline at a compound annual rate of 1.9% to £20.1 billion. Operators have benefited from increasing demand for post-pay smartphones and much greater demand for data more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators have contended with growing internal and external competition recently
  • Industry players have increasingly invested in technology and moved toward capital-based growth
  • The rollout of 5G is expected to contribute to higher demand, benefiting revenue and expansion
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The industry has high barriers to entry due to stringent regulation and exceptionally high capital investment required to operate network infrastructure. Ofcom commissions spectrum licensing for network access. These licences define the geographic reach and the band of electromagnetic spectrum that the owner can transmit signals over. Each band has a capacity that may be transmitted at any one time. The limited availability of wireless spectrum effectively limits the number of nationwide network operators. Moreover, regulation relative to mobile termination rates weigh heavily on margins, disincentivising potential entrants from challenging incumbent MNOs.The homogenous nature of wireless telecoms means that operators are forced to compete on pricing and service quality. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Having a wide and expanding product range
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of mobile connections and Real household disposable income in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry?

    Companies in this industry operate, maintain and provide access to facilities for the transmission of voice, data, text, sound and video using wireless telecommunications infrastructure. Businesses in the industry also provide internet access through wireless infrastructure. The industry does not include telecommunications resellers (see IBISWorld report J61.900).

    Industry Products
  • Access and voice services
  • Messaging and data services
  • Wholesaling
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing wireless network communication services
  • Providing SMS and MMS services
  • Providing internet access via wireless infrastructure
  • Providing other cellular and wireless telecommunications services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of mobile connections
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from wired telecommunications carriers
  • Business confidence index
  • Number of businesses

  • Current Performance
  • App usage
  • Industry expansion
  • Regulatory changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Developing data
  • App competition
  • Industry regulation
  • 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
  • Telecommunications Resellers
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Electricity & Telecommunications Infrastructure Construction
  • Electronic & Telecommunications Equipment Wholesaling
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers

  • Products & Services
  • Access and voice services
  • Messaging and data services
  • Wholesaling
  • Other
  • Chart: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers on post-paid contracts
  • Businesses
  • Consumers on pre-paid contracts
  • 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
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    EE Limited, Telefonica UK Limited, Vodafone Limited, Hutchison 3G UK Ltd,
  • Table: EE Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Telefonica UK Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Vodafone Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Hutchison 3G UK Ltd - 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 (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Average Revenue Per User (Arpu)
  • A key performance indicator in telecommunications that indicates whether growth is due to increased customers or phone usage. ARPU equals revenue divided by the average number of subscribers.
  • Long-Term Evolution (Lte)
  • LTE is a wireless broadband technology designed to support roaming internet access via mobile phones and handheld devices.
  • Mobile Network Operator (Mno)
  • A mobile network operator that provides wireless voice and data services for its subscribed mobile users.
  • Mobile Termination Rates (Mtr)
  • Mobile termination rates are the wholesale fees that one telecommunications operator charges to another for terminating calls on its network.
  • Mobile Virtual Network Operator (Mvno)
  • A company that provides mobile telephone services to customers but does not have its own wireless network.
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