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

IBISWorld’s Telecommunications Services market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


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

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Telecommunications Services subdivision has changed the way Australians interact by providing increased connectivity. Telecommunications services usage has increased over the past five years, but intense intra-industry and intra-subdivision competition has created a difficult trading environment for many firms. Mobile demand growth has been achieved 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. As a result of the fixed-to-mobile shift, subdivision revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 0.1% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $43.3 billion...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Telecommunications Services subdivision has high capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that in 2017-18, $1.85 will be invested in capital for every dollar spent on wages. There are significant initial investment costs associated with the formation of networks and entry into the subdivision. The subdivision is becoming more capital-intensive as operators attempt to limit employment growth to improve operational efficiency, while concurrently investing heavily in new technologies and infrastructure upgrades.

    Australian telecommunications companies have been investing heavily in network infrastructure and IT systems. The three major mobile carriers are expected to continue to invest in their networks to improve the speed of 4G technology. The..

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    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
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • Economies of scale
  • 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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    Industry Products

    What is the Telecommunications Services Industry?

    Telecommunications companies mainly operate, maintain or provide access to facilities for the transmission of 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

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    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

  • Products & Markets
    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
    Competitive Landscape
    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
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Telstra Corporation LimitedSingTel Optus Pty LimitedVodafone 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

  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
    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
    Jargon & Glossary
  • A term used to denote any always-on, high data rate internet connection, in excess of 265 kilobytes per second.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Telco
  • Abbreviated form of telecommunications company.
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol (Voip)
  • Delivery of voice communications over the internet, rather than the PSTN.
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    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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