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Worldwide telecom industry growth expected in 2006 (January 01, 2006)

'Wireless communications will continue to displ ace wireline'

January 1, 2006  

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The global telecommunications industry revenue will reach US$1.2 trillion by the close of 2006, with continued strong growth in wireless communications leading the way, says a new market analysis report from Insight Research Corp.

According to the study, wireless revenue will approach almost 49% of all telecommunications services revenue by the close of 2006 and will grow to 55.6% of all telecommunications industry revenue by 2010.

By the beginning of 2006, over 1.8 billion subscribers worldwide will be depending on mobile wireless telephones.

Insight predicts that worldwide telecommunications services revenue is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 5.9% from 2005 through 2010, which reflects the level of sustainable growth enjoyed by the telecom segment prior to the technology bubble of the late 1990s.

“While the first part of the decade was brutal for the telecommunications industry, The 2006 Telecom Industry Review: An Anthology of Market Facts and Forecasts, predicts that worldwide telecommunications industry services revenue will grow from US$1.2 trillion in 2006 to almost US$1.6 trillion in 2010, bringing an end to the industry slump.”

The study highlights rapidly growing industry segments such as VoIP, Wi-Fi fixed-mobile convergence, IMS, and streaming media, as well as technological innovations such as grid computing and DWDM and WDM in fiber optics.

The market report also looks at changes in telecommunications buying patterns among enterprises that purchase 800-number, private line, and wavelength services and IP PBXs and IP Centrex.

“The malaise of the past few years is finally beginning to dissipate, and while we see an industry-wide return to historic levels of growth, we anticipate that growth will be uneven across various geographic regions and product types,” says Robert Rosenberg, president of Insight.

“Wireless communications will continue to displace wireline communications for voice calling and as the number of wireless 2.5G and 3G data services increases, wireless will continue to squeeze traditional landline calling.”