Infonetics: Telecom carrier capex down 5.9% in 2009

May 28, 2010
MAY 27, 2010 -- Service providers worldwide spent $295 billion in 2009 on telecom and non-telecom capital expenditure projects, 5.9% less than they spent in 2008, according to a new report from market research firm Infonetics Research. Optical communications hardware was among the areas most affected.

MAY 28, 2010 -- Service providers worldwide spent $295 billion in 2009 on telecom and non-telecom capital expenditure projects, 5.9% less than they spent in 2008, according to a new report from market research firm Infonetics Research. Optical communications hardware was among the areas most affected.

The first edition of its 2010 biannual Service Provider Capex, Opex, ARPU, and Subscribers report features analysis on how current economic conditions are affecting telecom markets by region and equipment segment.

"As world economies climbed out of recession, telecom service providers reduced their capital expenditures 5.9% worldwide in 2009, in line with our predictions and much less than many had expected,” says Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure at Infonetics Research.

Carrier capex didn't tank like it did in 2001 for two main reasons: Service providers are operating with clean balance sheets, having learned that lesson from the great telecom crash, and the demand for broadband today is very real indeed. Now, don't declare victory yet, as we forecast worldwide carrier capex to decline again and bottom out in 2010, followed by a new investment cycle starting in 2011 driven by a wave of 2G upgrades, 3G and LTE rollouts, and fiber-based wireline broadband initiatives around the globe," he adds.

Other report highlights include:

  • Carriers reduced investments in network infrastructure by 8% in 2009, with the deepest cuts in IP voice infrastructure, optical network equipment, video infrastructure, and IP routers
  • Mobile infrastructure spending continues to comprise the largest portion of all network infrastructure investments made by service providers, making up about 19%
  • Worldwide, service providers took in $1.65 trillion in revenue in 2009, a decrease of 4.2% from 2008
  • Carrier revenue is expected to resume growth in 2010
  • The world's 10 largest service providers (ranked in order by 2009 revenue in US dollars) are AT&T, NTT, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, China Mobile, France Télécom, Vodafone, Telefónica, KDDI, and Comcast


Infonetics' capex report tracks revenue, capex, capex-to-revenue ratios, opex, ARPU, subscribers, and access lines of 184 public and semi-private/government-owned service providers on a monthly and biannual basis. The report includes past, current, and forecast capex and revenue data through 2014 and equipment forecasts through 2010, market drivers, analysis, service provider demographics, and customizable pivot tables to analyze data by service provider, service provider type, and equipment category.

The report also includes a "Fundamental Telecom/Datacom Market Drivers" report with analysis of overall market conditions for service providers, enterprises, subscribers, and the global economy.

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