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Introduction to Telecommunications

¹ Video Tip For our brief video introduction to the Telecommunications industry, see   No other industry touches as many technology-related business sectors as telecommunications, which, by definition, encompasses not only the traditional areas of local and long-distance telephone service, but also advanced technology-based services including wireless communications, the Internet, fiber-optics and satellites.
    Telecom is also deeply intertwined with entertainment of all types.
    Cable TV systems, such as Comcast, are aggressively offering local telephone service and high-speed Internet access.
    The relationship between the telecom and cable sectors has become even more complex as traditional telecommunications firms such as AT&T are selling television via the Internet, and competing directly against cable for consumers’ entertainment dollars. Consequently, the various organizations that monitor the global telecommunications industry have their own ways of estimating total revenues, and their own thoughts on including, or not including, specific business sectors.
    Does “telecom” include equipment sales and consulting? Or, should it be considered to be services only, such as subscriber lines and data networks? Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is a term that is used to help describe the relationship between the myriad types of goods, services and networks that make up the global information and telecommunications system.
    Sectors involved in ICT include landlines, private networks, the Internet, wireless communications, (including cellular and remote wireless sensors) and satellites. Globally, in the broadest possible sense (based on ICT), the


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  • -China Telecom Corporation Ltd

  • -ACT Conferencing Inc

  • -ADTRAN Inc

  • -Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD)

  • -Akamai Technologies Inc

  • -Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc

  • -Quanta Services Inc

  • -Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

  • -T-Mobile US Inc

  • -Opterna AM Inc

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Industry Statistics

  • Quarterly Telecommunications Industry Revenue by Class of Customer, U.S.: 1st Quarter 2013-1st Quarter 2014
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers, Estimated Sources of Revenue, U.S.: 2010-2012
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers, Estimated Breakdown of Revenue by Type of Customer, U.S.: 2010-2012
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers, Estimated Sources of Expenses, U.S.: 2007-2012
  • The Baby Bells: Then and Now
  • Total Retail Local Telephone Service Connections, U.S.: 2010-2013
  • U.S. Households With & Without Telephone Service, including Wireless: November 1983-July 2013
  • Annual Personal Consumption Expenditures on Telecommunications, U.S.: Selected Years, 1980-2013
  • Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite): Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2010-2013
  • Top Mobile Operators by Number of Subscribers, Worldwide
  • Internet Access Technologies Compared
  • Wireless Standards & Speeds
  • Satellite Telecommunications, Estimated Sources of Revenue & Expenses, U.S.: 2008-2012
  • Number of Business & Residential High Speed Internet Lines, U.S.: 2008-2014
  • Number of Business & Residential High Speed Internet Lines, by Speed, U.S.: 2010-2013
  • Expenditures for ICT Equipment & Computer Software for Companies With Employees, U.S.: 2008-2011
  • Exports & Imports of Telecommunications Equipment, U.S.: 2009-3rd Quarter 2014
  • Employment in the Telecommunications Industry, U.S.: 1990-2013

Top Companies Profiled

The following is a partial listing for this industry. As a subscriber, you will have access to the leading companies and top growth companies. This includes publicly-held, private, subsidiary and joint venture companies, on a global basis as well as in the U.S.

  • China Telecom Corporation Ltd
  • ACT Conferencing Inc
  • ADTRAN Inc
  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD)
  • Akamai Technologies Inc
  • Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc
  • Quanta Services Inc
  • Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
  • T-Mobile US Inc
  • Opterna AM Inc

Industry Trends Analyzed Include:

  • A Brief History of Deregulation
  • Local Landline Service Suffers; Bundled Services Pick Up Some of the Slack
  • 3G and 4G Networks Rollout Worldwide/5G on the Horizon/Massive Investments Required
  • Wi-Fi Enables Wireless Traffic Growth
  • Chinese, Indian and African Cellphone Markets Skyrocket
  • VOIP (Telephony over the Internet) Continues To Revolutionize the Telecommunications Industry
  • Telecom Equipment Makers Face Intense Competition from Manufacturers in China
  • Telecom Companies, Including AT&T and Verizon, Compete in the Television Market
  • Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) Gains Traction
  • Global Broadband Market Tops 3 Billion Subscribers, Fixed and Wireless/Ultrafast Broadband Expands
  • Cable Providers Compete Aggressively For Telephone and Internet Access Business
  • Telecommunications Move Online Including Unified Communications, Telepresence
  • Carriers Eliminate Unlimited Access Plans for Smartphones and Landlines, Up Profit Potential

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