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Companies in this industry operate and maintain switching and transmission facilities to provide telecommunications services via the airwaves. Major companies include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile USA (all based in the US), as well as América Móvil (Mexico), China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom (Germany), NTT DoCoMo (Japan), Orange (France), and Vodafone Group (UK).
Global wireless services revenue is about $1.2 trillion, according to Insight Research. Top countries by number of wireless subscriptions include China, India, the US, and Indonesia. Emerging markets in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East provide opportunities for revenue growth.
The US wireless telecommunications services industry includes about 1,600 companies with combined annual revenue of about $220 billion. The industry includes companies that operate wireless telecommunications networks and related facilities. Companies that resell wireless telecommunications services are covered in a separate industry profile.
Demand for wireless services is driven by consumer income and innovative service offerings. The profitability of individual companies depends on marketing and customer service. Large companies have advantages in marketing and in delivering a comprehensive array of services nationally. Small companies can compete effectively by delivering economically attractive service packages tailored to niche groups regionally. The US industry is highly concentrated: the four largest companies generate about 80 percent of industry revenue.
The proliferation of smartphones, including iPhones and phones that use the Android operating system, and tablets, such as the iPad, has to a large ...
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