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Total communications industry capex remained in the $400–$405bn range and growth among ICPs was offset by a decline among mobile CSPs.


  • CP capital intensity flattened in 1Q17 after several quarters of decline, as ICP/CNP growth offset mobile capex weakness.
  • ICP capex surpassed $70bn, driven by Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook, and a broader data center boom.
  • The aggregate of revenues for CSPs, ICPs, and CNPs grew 2% in 1Q17, down from +3% YoY in 2H16.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses recent capex trends for four types of service providers, accounting for over $2.9 trillion in annual revenues.
  • Examines growth rates and market share data for planning, competitive intelligence, and marketing.
  • 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 1Q17 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?

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  • Download 1: Communications Provider Revenue & Capex Highlights: 1Q17

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