SOURCE: Infonetics Research

July 07, 2008 19:12 ET

Infonetics Research: China and India lead worldwide telecom carrier capex and revenue growth

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) - Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reports that worldwide service provider capex (capital expenditures) totaled $248.8 billion in 2007, a 7% increase from 2006.

Infonetics' report, Service Provider Capex, Opex, ARPU, and Subscribers, projects a spike in worldwide carrier capex in 2008, followed by a plateau in 2010 and a decline in 2011, and emphasizes that the weak US dollar is inflating current growth rates in Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, and Japan.

"Our capex analysis indicates we are in the fourth year of an investment phase, and we may be reaching the plateau this year in both North America and Europe, where large service providers' capital intensity (the ratio of capex to revenue) will likely be as low as 12%. Meanwhile, China and India will drive a significant jump in carrier capex in 2008 as a result of network construction projects combined with currency appreciation against the US dollar. Both countries are still posting double-digit revenue growth in their native currencies, which, converted in US dollars creates a big spike in worldwide carrier revenue as well," said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Telecom service providers earned a combined $1.5 trillion in annual
    worldwide revenue in 2007, up 10% from 2006, with currency appreciation
    making up the bulk of the growth, while the rest came from wireless
--  Carriers are increasingly investing in application software (vs.
    hardware) for media rich applications such as content, storage, and
    security for broadband based wireline and wireless services
--  Current investment drivers for carrier spending: convergence between
    IT, media, Internet, and telecom, which is adding new competitive pressures
    to carriers, and the shift from legacy TDM to next generation IP networks
--  The world's 10 largest service providers (ranked by 2007 revenue) are
    AT&T, Verizon, NTT, Deutsche Telekom, France Télécom, Vodafone, Telefónica,
    China Mobile, BT, and Sprint
--  The next largest service providers include Telecom Italia, Comcast,
    and KDDI, which, according to their most recent growth rates, are poised to
    join the top 10
--  The incumbent share of North American carrier capex jumped from 56% to
    63% in 2007; MSOs are expected to increase their share of North American
    carrier capex by 2011
--  The Asia Pacific telecom industry is squeezed between 2 opposite
    market forces: a saturated market made of Australia, Hong Kong, Japan,
    South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan characterized by flat to decreasing
    capex, and a fast growing market driven by China and India, characterized
    by double digit growth for both capex and revenue
--  Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) service provider revenue jumped 29%
    between 2006 and 2007
--  Mobile infrastructure makes up the bulk of total equipment capex in
    2007, accounting for about 20%, followed by voice infrastructure, optical
    equipment, and broadband aggregation equipment
--  WiMAX equipment spending by service providers as a portion of total
    carrier capex has roughly doubled each year since 2004, and will continue
    to increase its share in the near term, driven by major WiMAX projects in
    the US, India, and Latin America

Infonetics' report tracks revenue, capex, capex-to-revenue ratios, opex, ARPU, subscribers, and access lines of 154 public and semi-private/government-owned service providers. The report includes actual data and forecasts, market drivers, analysis, service provider demographics, and pivot tables for customizing analysis with data viewable by service provider, service provider type, and equipment category.

Infonetics publishes capex reports for North America, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific, Caribbean/Latin America (CALA), and Worldwide.

For report highlights, log into Infonetics' online portal from (see Service Provider Capex and Subscribers). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

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    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst
    Infonetics Research
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