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Ovum's global IT spend forecast for the telecoms industry covers six technology segments – infrastructure, applications, IT services, consulting, and internal – for the period 2018–23, spanning four regions, eight subregions, and 20 countries.


  • Total IT expenditure is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9% over the period 2018 to 2023. This spend will focus on enabling CSPs to optimize costs, drive agile operations, and support the delivery of 5G-based services.

Features and Benefits

  • Assess how IT spend in the telecoms industry is forecast to change across key IT segments.
  • Assess how IT spend in the telecoms industry is forecast to change across key geographical areas.

Key questions answered

  • How is IT spend in the telecoms industry in key IT segments set to change over the next five years?
  • How are CSPs in different geographies planning their IT spend to address their key business issues?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Global IT Spend in the Telecoms Industry Through 2023

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