Infonetics: Telecom Operators Stepping up Equipment Spending in 2013, Led by Asia; Growth Returns to Europe

  Infonetics: Telecom Operators Stepping up Equipment Spending in 2013, Led by
  Asia; Growth Returns to Europe

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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- December 20, 2012

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its Service
Provider Capex, Revenue, and Capex by Equipment Type report, which tracks
telecom operator revenue and capital expenditures (capex) by operator type,
region, and equipment segment and provides insight into telecom spending


“With 3 quarters of the data in and a careful review of carrier investment
plans for each major world region, overall telecom service provider capex is
on track to be up close to 4% this year led by Asia and North America, and
2013 is looking bright for all regions,” says Stéphane Téral, principal
analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics

Téral adds: “With investment plans out from AT&T and Deutsche Telekom,
combined with the plans of a long list of major and smaller operators around
the globe, we can safely say that 2013 and 2014 will be positive capex years,
which is good news for vendors. Deutsche Telekom’s €30-billion 3-year
investment plan announced this month will help lead a return to investments in
the EMEA region. Despite the gloomy macroeconomic conditions in many places,
especially Europe, service providers have no choice but to invest in their
networks now; some have been restricting capex for so many years that they are
experiencing network outages, unable to handle the exploding traffic. There is
very high demand for telecom services everywhere, particularly for mobile


  *Telecom capex increases in 2012 are being driven primarily by video and
    wireless infrastructure investments
  *Global service provider revenue is on track to reach US$1.9 trillion in
    2012, up 4% from 2011
  *While incumbent carrier capex on the whole is flat to slightly down this
    year, independent wireless operators, competitive operators, and cable
    operators are increasing capex, led by the independent wireless operators,
    increasing capex 12% this year
  *Spending on every type of telecom equipment except optical and TDM voice
    will be up this year
  *The major areas of investment through 2015 include fiber-based wireline
    broadband, 2G mobile network capacity expansion, 2G migration to 3G, and
    migration to LTE projects
  *Asia Pacific will account for about 1/3 of global service provider revenue
    by 2016, propelled by China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator by
    revenue and subscribers
  *Wireless pure-play operators will account for nearly 1/3 of all telecom
    capex by 2016, driven by 3G and LTE rollouts in China, India, and Africa


Infonetics’ biannual service provider capex report provides worldwide and
regional market size, forecasts, analysis, and trends for revenue and capex by
service provider type (incumbent, competitive, cable, independent wireless),
and capex by equipment type (CPE, non-telecom/datacom, and network
infrastructure, including broadband aggregation, wireless, IP routers and
carrier Ethernet switches, optical, IP voice, TDM voice, video, and other). To
buy the report, contact Infonetics:


  *Infonetics Overall Market Trends and Forecasts research brief:
  *Telecom growth rate still outpacing GDP growth
  *Mobile operators feeling pressure from OTT and free services
  *LTE jumps 30% in Q3, NSN doubles LTE revenue; mobile gear set for growth
    in 2013
  *Operators are deploying SON in LTE and 3G networks alike; name top vendors
  *3G drives femtocell market up 13% in 3Q12; Samsung #1 in revenue and
  *Outdoor small cell backhaul a 5-year $5 billion opportunity
  *Japan’s mobile market grows 3-fold on the wings of LTE, China puts 3G
  *A first: Increased ARPU now a top driver for LTE upgrades
  *Small cell is the buzz but DAS is the biz, say operators in latest
    Infonetics survey
  *Telcos on track to spend $75B per year on outsourced services by 2016;
    Huawei edges up


Download Infonetics’ market research brochure, events brochure, publication
calendar, report highlights, tables of contents and more at

  *Telecommunications Equipment Vendor Leadership Scorecard (Dec. 18)
  *3G and 4G (LTE, WiMAX) Broadband Devices and Subscribers Market Report
    (Dec. 18)
  *Service Provider Capex, Opex, Revenue, and Subscribers Database (Dec. 19)
  *Multi-Screen TV Service Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider
    Survey (Dec. 21)
  *Ethernet over Coax (EoC) Equipment and Subscribers in China (Dec. 21)


N. America (West), Asia, Latin America: Larry Howard,, +1

N. America (East), Texas, Midwest: Scott Coyne,, +1

Europe, Middle East, Africa: George Stojsavljevic,,

Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan:


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and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader
in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world
regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete effectively.
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Infonetics Research
Stéphane Téral, +1-408-583-3371
Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
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