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Introduction

Total communications industry capex fell in the $400–$405bn range for third straight year and ICP growth is offset by mobile CSP slide.

Highlights

  • CP capital intensity fell below 14% again as LTE spending slows.
  • ICP capex surpassed $70bn in 2016, driven by Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, and a broader data center boom.
  • The aggregate of revenues for CSPs, ICPs, and CNPs grew 1.8% in 2016, after a 1.4% 2015 decline; improved mobile CSP results were key.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses recent capex trends for four types of service providers, accounting for over $2.9tn in annual revenues.
  • Compares growth rates for different provider types and regions.
  • Assesses near-term outlook for CP capex and the vendors selling into the market.
  • Identifies key trends shaping major capex projects in 2017.

Key questions answered

  • Which communications provider segments saw revenue growth in 2016 and which ones fell?
  • Which segments and companies are spending the most on their networks, and how is that changing over time?
  • What is driving growth in the ICP sector, and how are these companies impacting the broader communications tech industry?

Table of contents

Summary

  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Communications Provider Revenue & Capex Highlights: 2016

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