Owing to the dot-com bubble and the rapid growth in the e-economy, the late 1990s and early 2000s witnessed a splurge in investments in the U.S. communication services market. Consequently, the present marketplace is fraught with overcapacity and hyper competition leading to price pressure across all communication verticals. Most verticals have seen average prices falling by over 10 percent annually and continued price erosion due to intensifying competition, remains the largest challenge facing participants in the U.S. communication services market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (telecomservices.frost.com), U.S. Communications Services Overview, reveals that revenue in this industry totaled $387.4 billion in 2004 can reach $422.5 billion in 2011.
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With multiple carriers offering similar services, the average U.S. consumer now receives communication services at 3.6 percent above cost. This in turn has a profound impact on profit margins and creating a defendable and profitable niche, that is becoming extremely difficult for participants in the U.S. communication services market.
“By far the largest trend in the U.S. communications services market is the ongoing wireless replacement of wireline services,” explains Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Daniel Longfield. “Home phone service penetration rates have peaked, and with many consumers replacing their home wirelines with wireless phone services, wireline services could loose as many as 100 million customers by 2010.”
The U.S. wireline industry is clearly on a rapid decline and of the three wireline carriers, AT&T, MCI, and Sprint – the first two have been sold and Sprint is restructuring its operations to include the sale of some of its wireline business.
On the other hand, the subscriber base for wireless services continues to grow by more than 10 percent annually and although Internet service is not seeing the same level of subscription growth, broadband replacement of dial-up connections is ensuring a healthy growth in Internet access revenues.
The cable and satellite industry is approaching saturation with almost 90 percent penetration rates and as such very little growth can be expected. While content on demand promises renewed opportunities for cable and satellite vendors, it has the potential to cut into advertising revenues and there is also a likelihood of considerable competition from Internet service providers and eventually even wireless carriers.
However, the satellite radio sector with a penetration rate of fewer than five percent could see enormous growth in the coming years.
“Wireless services expect to see the highest growth in penetration rates. Apart from the replacement of wireline services, wireless internet applications promise healthy revenues,” says Longfield. “In ensuring their profitability, companies will need to outlast the majority of under-funded, unprofitable competitors and await price stability.”
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