Meet the Top 20 Mobile Networks in the World

Mature mobile markets like the U.S., Western Europe, Japan and South Korea continue to generate the big dollars for the mobile industry, but the future revenue growth is coming from new telecom economies. That’s resulting in changes in telecom hierarchies across the world.

Telecom’s Titanic Shift: How the Mighty Have Fallen

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For the past few years I have been saying that we are amidst a Titanic shift in the telecom landscape; the center of gravity moving away from the U.S., leading to the rise of new telecom giants which in turn is fueling the rise of upstart equipment makers, such as Huawei and ZTE Corp. A report from research firm Telegeography brought it all back into focus for me. Take a look at the sharp declines in revenue and growth at the mightiest telecom companies in the world.

These 10 saw their quarterly revenues decline by 4 percent year-on-year (again, when measured in their local currencies), with Sprint-Nextel (s S) posting a 12 percent drop. Many of these companies are focused on a single geographic market that is growing slowly and is highly competitive. And now compare this reversal of fortunes with the gains posted by some of the newer players, which are clearly supplanting the giants at the top of the totem pole. Read More about Telecom’s Titanic Shift: How the Mighty Have Fallen