Dialing in: Increasing broadband connections and telephone subscriptions will spur industry revenue

The Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry performed well over the past five years as wireless coverage expanded and a greater number of Canadians adopted smartphones and tablets, boosting demand for high-margin mobile broadband services. The number of mobile telephone subscriptions and the number of broadband connections are expected to rise. Consequently, during this period, revenue is expected to increase. Over the five years to 2023, revenue is forecast to grow. As 4G coverage increases, the number of mobile subscribers is forecast to steadily increase. An increasing number of Canadian households have disconnected their wireline service, relying entirely on their mobile devices for telephone service, supporting this rise...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$27bn
Annual Growth 13-18
3.7%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
32,410
Businesses
35

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue will grow as carriers continue to expand network coverage
  • The freeing up of spectrum licences has drawn in more companies, increasing competition
  • The adoption of an array of mobile applications across different markets will expand the industry’s scope
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry in Canada regularly exhibits a high level of capital intensity. Using wages as a proxy for labour and depreciation as a proxy for capital, IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on labour in 2018, $0.52 will be spent on capital, up marginally from $0.51 in 2013. Large capital expenditures reflect the significant investment required to implement, expand and maintain telecommunications infrastructure. Over the past five years, the industry has invested substantial funds toward implementing and expanding their fourth- and fifth-generation (4G and 5G) networks, which has bolstered capital intensity...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry are

  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Economies of scale
  • Ready access to investment funding
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of mobile telephone subscriptions and Per capita disposable income in the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry?

    Companies in this industry primarily provide wireless telecommunications services to mobile devices over switching and transmission facilities they own and operate. Operators that provide services through a combination of owned and leased facilities are also included in this industry. Industry operators primarily generate revenue through prepaid voice telephony services, postpaid voice telephony services, data services and equipment sales.

    Industry Products
  • Basic voice
  • Long distance
  • Terminal equipment including handheld devices
  • Data
  • Roaming and other
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing prepaid wireless voice telephony services
  • Providing postpaid wireless voice telephony services
  • Providing wireless data services
  • Selling equipment and handsets
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of mobile telephone subscriptions
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Corporate profit
  • Number of adults aged 20 to 64

  • Current Performance
  • Growing and shifting demand
  • Gradually increasing competition
  • LTE rollout
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Going wireless
  • Stable concentration
  • Consolidation potential
  • Expanding scope through growth segments
  • Table: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Telecommunications Resellers in Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer Manufacturing in Canada
  • Telecommunications Networking Equipment Manufacturing in Canada
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Data
  • Basic voice
  • Terminal equipment including handheld devices
  • Roaming and other
  • Long distance
  • Chart: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Postpaid voice and data plans
  • Postpaid voice only plans
  • Postpaid data only plans
  • Wholesale
  • Prepaid
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesAdditional expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Rogers Communications Inc., Bell Canada, Telus Communications Company,
  • Table: Rogers Communications Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Bell Canada - financial performance
  • Table: Telus Communications Company - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of mobile telephone subscribers (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Average Revenue Per User
  • A key performance indicator in telecommunications that indicates whether revenue growth is due to increased customers or phone usage. ARPU is revenue divided by average number of subscribers.
  • Churn Rate
  • The rate of increase at which customers discontinue their service on a voluntary or involuntary basis.
  • Long Term Evolution
  • Next generation, high-speed cellular data transmission network technology.
  • Postpaid
  • A service that is paid for on a monthly basis based on the terms of a contract or the amount of service that has been used.
  • Prepaid
  • A service that is purchased prior to use. The subscriber purchases credit to use on a cell phone network and, in doing so, avoids ongoing billing.
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