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Total communications provider (CP) revenues fell throughout 2015, and capex was flat at just over $400bn. Strength from Internet content providers (ICPs) in the cloud/OTT sector was unable to offset steep declines in the CSP/telco sector.


  • Total capex from all CP types was flat in 2015 at $405bn, despite CSP (telco) cutbacks. ICPs (cloud/OTT providers) now account for 15% of global capex, up 1 point from 2014, and this share is forecast to grow to 23% by 2020.
  • Annualized CP revenues grew steadily from $2.2 trillion in 2009 to $2.86 trillion in 2014 but fell every quarter in 2015. Capex for both fixed and mobile communications service providers (CSPs) dropped around 5% vs. 2014. Growth in the Internet content provider (ICP) and carrier-neutral provider (CNP) segments slowed but remained strong.
  • Global CSP capex share: China, Japan, and the US, each with its own set of vendors, claimed 48% in 2015. Germany, Canada, UK each had 3%, followed by eight with ~2% each (Italy, France, India, Brazil, Australia, Russia, Korea, and Mexico) then Spain with 1%. Top 15 are ~75% of market.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes actual capex and revenue results for fixed and mobile CSPs/telcos, Internet content providers (OTT/cloud), and carrier-neutral providers.
  • Compares capex trends across CSPs (telcos) and ICPs (Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, etc.)
  • Identifies and ranks the top 25 capex spenders across CSPs and ICPs
  • Explains the importance of China in driving recent global capex volatility
  • Provides a summary view of our latest revenue and capex forecast through 2020

Key questions answered

  • What trends are driving revenues and capex for communications service providers (CSPs)? What were the results, by region and segment, for both 4Q15 and 2015?
  • Which markets are strongest, which weakest; where is the growth momentum?
  • What are the prospects for capex growth through 2020 by provider type?
  • How is the CSP market evolving alongside other, complementary markets – and what role do ICPs and CNPs have in communications markets?

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  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Communications Provider Revenue & Capex Highlights: 4Q15

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