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Telecommunications Industry Overview

Number

Unit

Year

Source

U.S. Telecommunications Spending** (ICT)1

1.3

Tril. US$

2014

TIA

Worldwide Telecommunications Spending** (ICT)

5.4

Tril. US$

2014

TIA

Landline

Total Wireline Retail Local Telephone Service Connections, U.S.

135.1

Mil.

Jun-13

FCC

Global Landline Subscribers**

1.15

Bil.

2014

ITU

Global Landlines per 100 Population**

15.8

per 100

2014

ITU

Wireless

Total Wireless Service Revenues, U.S.

189.2

Bil. US$

2013

CTIA

Number of Wireless Connections, U.S.

335.65

Mil.

Dec-13

CTIA

Market Penetration, U.S.

104.3

%

Dec-13

CTIA

Wireless Monthly ARPU** (Average Revenue Per Unit)

48.79

US$

2013

CTIA

Households with Wireless-only Service, U.S.

41.0

%

Dec-13

NCHS

Portion of Mobile Consumers with a Smartphone, U.S.

68.8

%

Mar-14

Nielsen

Mobile Advertising Spending, U.S., 2013

9.7

Bil. US$

2013

eMarketer

Mobile Advertising Spending, U.S., 2014**

17.7

Bil. US$

2014

eMarketer

Mobile Cellular Service Subscriptions, Worldwide*

6.9

Bil.

2014

ITU

Individual Subscribers, Worldwide**

5.7

Bil.

2014

PRE

Active Mobile Broadband Subscriptions, Worldwide

2.3

Bil.

2014

ITU

Total Mobile Phone Sales, 2013

1.8

Bil. Units

2013

Gartner

Mobile Advertising Revenue, Worldwide**

18.0

Bil. US$

2013

eMarketer

Mobile Application Downloads, Worldwide**

102.0

Bil.

2013

Gartner

Mobile App Store Revenue, Worldwide**

26.0

Bil. US$

2013

Gartner

Worldwide Smartphone Sales, 2012

967.8

Mil. Units

2013

Gartner

Equipment Revenue

U.S. Exports of Telecommunications Equipment

37.6

Bil. US$

2013

ITA

U.S. Imports of Telecommunications Equipment

102.3

Bil. US$

2013

ITA

TV, Cable & Internet

Number of High Speed Internet Lines, U.S. (including mobile wireless)**

331.2

Mil.

Dec-14

PRE

Number of High Speed Internet Lines, U.S. (not including mobile wireless)**

96.7

Mil.

Dec-14

PRE

Number of Global Internet Users**

2.9

Bil.

2014

ITU

Number of Fixed (Wired) Broadband Subscriptions, Worldwide**

711.1

Mil.

2014

ITU

Monthly Global Internet Protocol (IP) Traffic

51.2

Exabytes

2013

Cisco VNI

Projected Monthly Global IP Traffic**

131.6

Exabytes

2018

Cisco VNI

Number of Basic Cable TV Subscribers, U.S.

54

Mil.

Q1 2014

PRE

Number of Satellite TV Subscribers, U.S.

34

Mil.

Q1 2014

PRE

Number of IPTV Subscribers, U.S.

12

Mil.

Q1 2014

PRE

Employment

Employment in the Telecommunications Industry, U.S.

854.8

Thous.

2013

BLS

TIA = Telecommunications Industry Association; FCC = U.S. Federal Communications Commission; ITU = International Telecommunication Union; CTIA = Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association; NCHS = National Center for Health Statistics; PRE = Plunkett Research Estimate; ITA = International Trade Administration (Dept. of Commerce); Cisco VNI = Cisco Visual Networking Index; BLS = U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

* The actual number of individuals who own cell phones is lower, as some people own more than one "subscription."

** Forecasted or estimated figure.

1 ICT, or Information and Communication Technologies, is a term used to describe the relationship between the myriad types of goods, services and networks that make up the global information and communications system. Sectors involved in ICT include landlines, data networks, the Internet, wireless communications, (including cellular and remote wireless sensors) and satellites.

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