Down to the wire: Profit margins are expected to decline due to ongoing price competition

The Telecommunications Services subdivision has changed the way Australians interact by providing increased connectivity. Rising demand for mobile services has occurred at the expense of fixed-line services. Revenue derived from wireless services has increased, driven by the rising volume of mobile data consumption, and enhanced mobile connectivity. However, falling demand for fixed line services and strong price competition in the mobile services space have significantly dampened the subdivision's revenue generating potential. Overall, subdivision revenue is forecast to fall by an annualised 0.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to total $42.8 billion.Mobile providers have competed on a price basis by offering additional value on their capped more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Mobile providers have competed on a price basis by offering additional value on capped plans
  • Higher volumes and greater economies of scale have limited profit margin declines
  • The migration from wired to wireless telecommunications is expected to continue
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Telecommunications Services subdivision is in the mature phase of its life cycle. Demand for fixed voice telecommunications services has declined significantly over the past five years as consumers have increasingly enjoyed the benefits of mobile communications, which have grown at a fast pace. Improvements in network speeds and greater affordability have made mobile internet connectivity a viable option for a growing number of businesses and consumers. As a result, the subdivision now earns more than twice as much revenue from its wireless telecommunications operations, compared with its wired services.Industry value added (IVA) measures the subdivision's contribution to the overall economy. IVA is forecast to rise at an annualised 0.7% over the 10 years through 2022-23. Thi...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Telecommunications Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Telecommunications Services Industry are

  • Having an extensive distribution/collection network
  • Economies of scale
  • Having contacts within key markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Mobile telecommunications density and Number of households in the Telecommunications Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Telecommunications Services Industry?

    Telecommunications companies mainly operate, maintain or provide access to facilities that transmit voice, data, text, sound and video over wire, cable, wireless and satellite networks. Not all subdivision participants own and operate telecommunications infrastructure. Telecommunications resellers purchase network capacity and then retail services to businesses and consumers. Internet service providers are not included in this subdivision.

    Industry Products
  • Mobile services
  • Wired services
  • Resold telecommunications
  • Satellite, TV and other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Wired telecommunication service provision
  • Wireless telecommunications service provision
  • Satellite communication service provision (except mobile telephones)
  • Television and radio relay station operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Mobile telecommunications density
  • Number of households
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from telecommunications and other electrical goods wholesaling
  • Number of businesses

  • Current Performance
  • Wireless shift
  • Rising competition
  • Connectivity
  • Subdivision structure
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Participation

    and profit

  • Demand trends
  • Broadband network
  • Table: Telecommunications Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Telecommunications Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Education and Training
  • Consumer Goods Retailing
  • Finance
  • Professional Services
  • Health Services
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Telecommunications Services

  • Products & Services
  • Mobile services
  • Wired services
  • Resold telecommunications
  • Satellite, TV and other services
  • Chart: Telecommunications Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Households
  • Commercial clients
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Telecommunications Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Access charges
  • Depreciation
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Telecommunications Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Telecommunications Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Telstra Corporation Limited, SingTel Optus Pty Limited, Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited,
  • Table: Telstra Corporation Limited - financial performance
  • Table: SingTel Optus Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Telecommunications Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Telecommunications Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Fibre-To-The-Premises (Fttp)
  • An internet connection where fibre reaches the boundary of the user's residence or business, and is characterised by its superior speed, relative to fibre-to-the-node and coaxial networks.
  • Isp
  • Internet Service Providers supply internet access via fixed lines, using dial-up and fixed broadband connections. ISPs may also offer a variety of internet-based support services.
  • On-Net Traffic
  • The flow of telecommunications activity that is facilitated entirely by a carrier's own network.
  • Pstn
  • Stands for public switched telecommunications network. The PSTN is provided with a digital core network, or an Integrated Services Digital Network.
  • Spectrum Licence
  • A licence that authorises the holder to use a parcel of spectrum space, which is a particular frequency band within a specific geographic area.
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol (Voip)
  • Delivery of voice communications over the internet, rather than the PSTN.
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