Summary of Telecommunications

World Industry Outlook; April 2013


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Telecommunications summary
An insatiable appetite for data will drive a 39% jump in global telecoms investments through 2017.


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The telecommunications sector is one bright spot in a still-troubled world economy. Firms are investing heavily in infrastructure to meet future demand. But the Economist Intelligence Unit’s forecasts and in-depth analysis paint a far more complex picture – one framed by rapid technological advances, uncertain revenue sources, China’s communications revolution and competition from interlopers such as cable companies and Google. getAbstract commends this work as a valuable arsenal of information for industry professionals and investors who need to be forearmed in a rapidly changing field.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How global investment in telecoms infrastructure will fare through 2017
  • What roles the developed and emerging markets play in the industry
  • How cable and media companies will challenge traditional telecoms


Fixed, mobile and web infrastructure investment will rise by 39% through 2017, driven by rapid innovation and burgeoning demand. While the need for traditional fixed lines will continue to fall over this period, demand for data space will increase. Global mobile subscriptions will grow to 6.8 billion...
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The Economist Intelligence Unit is an independent research and analysis unit of the Economist Group.

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