Report Buyer, the online destination for business intelligence for major industry sectors, has added a new report showing that during 2007, total revenue for the U.S. telecommunications industry grew by around 8% to reach over $1 trillion.
“2008 USA - Telecoms, Wireless and Broadband” reports that telecom service revenues reached $458 billion, of which wireless service revenue accounted for approximately 31%.
The study shows that the number of traditional fixed line customers continued to drop sharply during 2007, with Verizon and AT&T both reporting declines of around 10% in residential wireline accounts. The growth in VoIP was a major contributor to this decline, in particular cable VoIP, with subscriber growth rates around 75%.
Thus the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) continued to focus on their fibre deployments in response to increasing competition from the Multi System Operators’ (MSOs’) VoIP and triple play offerings. State-by-state video franchising reform continued apace, thus facilitating the deployment by the RBOCs of Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) on their expanding fibre networks. By late 2007 FttH deployments in the US were growing at over 110% per annum.
Authors of the report say total broadband subscribers continued to grow solidly, although in terms of broadband penetration, the US continued to edge towards the bottom half of the OECD tables.
They further note that broadband DSL subscriber growth continued to outpace cable subscriber growth, though cable still leads in terms of market share. However, with the telcos aggressively deploying fibre networks, the telcos will soon overtake the cable companies in terms of broadband market share.
The analysis shows that whilst WiFi was becoming increasingly commonplace in the USA during 2007, with a burgeoning hotspot network, laptops being automatically equipped with WiFi cards and WiFi moving beyond the laptop, nevertheless doubts were being raised over the viability of municipal WiFi programs following the difficulties experienced in cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia.
The authors note that wireless data revenues continued to enjoy strong growth in 2007, underpinned by robust wireless data revenue growth. Thus while overall voice Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) decreased during the third quarter of 2007, data ARPU sustained a steady incline. By late 2007 data service revenues accounted for approximately 18% of total wireless service revenues, up from around 4% in 2004. Significantly, the majority of wireless data revenues were being generated by non-messaging applications and services such as music downloads, mobile TV, video blogs and Internet-accessed entertainment services.
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