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In 2015, global wholesale market revenues totaled $133bn. Although the market was dominated by carriers headquartered in North America and Europe, no single company earned more than 7% of the total.


  • In 2015, five carriers each earned more than $5bn from providing wholesale services to intermediaries, and 24 companies earned over $1bn.
  • Carriers headquartered in North America and Europe lead in global and regional wholesale revenues.

Features and Benefits

  • Discover which are the leading global and regional wholesalers by revenue.
  • Learn how and why carriers headquartered in North America and Europe lead in global and regional wholesale revenues.

Key questions answered

  • Which carriers earned most from wholesaling services to intermediaries globally, and in each region?
  • Which carriers lead wholesale revenues in multiple regions?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Wholesale telecoms market defined

  • Ovum defines wholesale as sales to intermediaries

Global and regional wholesale revenues

  • Two regions dominate wholesale revenues

Leading carriers earn significant revenues from wholesale, but none dominates the market

  • Carriers from most competitive regions lead global wholesale market
  • The long tail

Greater opportunities for wholesale in regions with more competitive markets

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia & Oceania
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America & Caribbean


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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