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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Telecommunications

Overview: the U.S. Telecommunications Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Telecommunications: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Telecommunications industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Carrier Services And Internet Backbone Services (Include Network Access Services To Other Telecommunication Carriers.)

Basic Fixed Local Telephony Services (Include Subscriber Line Services To End User.)

Calling Features - Fixed Telephony (Include Call Waiting, Caller Id, Voice Mail.)

Basic Fixed Long Distance Telephony - Outbound

Basic Fixed Long Distance Telephony - Inbound

Basic Fixed All Distance Telephony (Include Both Local And Long Distance Calls.)

Private Network Services

Mobile Local Telephony (Include Cellular, Pcs, Esmr Technology, And Satellite Services.)

Calling Features - Mobile Telephony

Mobile Long Distance Telephony (Include Cellular, Pcs, Esmr Technology, And Satellite Services.)

Mobile All Distance Telephony

Messaging (Paging) Services

Specialized Wireless Services

Internet Telephony

Other Telecommunications Services

Cable And Other - Multichannel Programming Distribution Services (Analog And Digital)

Air Time - Program Distribution Networks (Include Local, Regional, And National.)

Installation Services For Telecommunications Equipment

Advertising Space In Directories

Repair And Maintenance Services For Telecommunications Equipment

Internet Access Services - Broadband (I.E., Always-On)

Internet Access Services - Narrowband (I.E., Dial-Up)

Installation Services For Connections To Program Distribution Networks

Other Program Distribution Related Services

Network Design And Development Services

Rental Or Lease Of Goods And/Or Equipment

Resale Of Merchandise

All Other Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Telecommunications Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Telecommunications companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Telecommunications company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Telecommunications industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Telecommunications measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 5%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8%
Business Operations Specialists 7%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 15%
Computer Occupations 15%
Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects 5%
Computer Support Specialists 5%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 6%
Sales and Related Occupations 16%
Retail Sales Workers 11%
Retail Salespersons 11%
Retail Salespersons 11%
Sales Representatives, Services 9%
Miscellaneous Sales Representatives, Services 9%
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 9%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 22%
Information and Record Clerks 13%
Customer Service Representatives 12%
Customer Service Representatives 12%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 28%
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 19%
Radio and Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers 18%
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 18%
Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 8%
Line Installers and Repairers 7%
Telecommunications Line Installers and Repairers 7%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Telecommunications Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • J2 Cloud Services trademarks "GLOBALSELECT" - Computer programs for use in processing data in the fields of disaster recovery, data archival and data backup; database management software for use in the fields of disaster recovery, data archival and data backup; computer programs for providing remote data archival and backup - 02/10/2018
  • Appia Communications trademarks "BROADRIVER COMMUNICATION CORPORATION" - Electronic transmission of messages and data; Internet access provider services; Telephone communication services; Providing private and secure real time electronic communication over a computer network; Providing telecommunications connections to a global computer network; Providing virtual private network (VPN) services; Telecommunication services - 02/10/2018
  • Doc Halo trademarks "HALO SPECTRUM SMART SCHEDULING AND TEAMS" - Integrated component of downloadable software in the nature of mobile application for communication in the healthcare industry - 02/10/2018
  • Mutualink raises $10 million in funding. - 01/10/2018
  • Sprint Communications patents Data Communication System Redirection Of A Media Session To User Equipment - 01/04/2018
  • Directv patents Methods For Determining Localized Outages And Distributed Signal Verification Of Set-top Boxes - 01/04/2018
  • T-Mobile Usa patents Systems And Methods For Improved Cellular Quality Of Experience - 01/04/2018
  • Freedom Telecom Services raises $1 million in funding. - 12/07/2017
  • CFN Services raises $4 million in funding. - 10/30/2017

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Futurewei Technologies2434
    T-Mobile Usa1399

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Received $3.2 Million Order for Solid-State, High-Power Integrated Microwave Assemblies - January 10, 2018-- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that during its second quarter of fiscal 2018, its New York-based subsidiary, Comtech PST Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, received a $3.2 ... (01/10/2018)
    • Push telecommunications market is expected to witness substantial growth during forecast by 2023 examined in new market research report - The cumulative average growth rate of each of the segments, globally, as well as in each of the regional markets, has also been determined in this research study, leading to a descriptive assessment of the worldwide market for Push Telecommunications. (01/10/2018)
    • LCQ18: Billing of telecommunications services - In reply to my question on November 30, 2016 on the issue of telecommunications service operators (service operators) overcharging service fees, the Government stated that where there was evidence indicating that a service operator might have breached the ... (01/10/2018)
    • Sifos Technologies chooses Fastech Telecommunications to be their India Sales Partner - TEWKSBURY, Massachusetts, Jan. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Sifos Technologies ® today announced that Fastech Telecommunications, a leading provider of telecommunications network assurance solutions, test & measurement instruments and service assurance ... (01/10/2018)
    • Public Hearings Set For Thursday On Proposed 150-Foot-Tall South Glastonbury Telecommunications Tower - The Connecticut Siting Council will hold public hearings on Thursday for a proposed 150-foot-tall telecommunications tower in South Glastonbury. Officials from Eco-Site Inc. and T-Mobile Northeast will review the plan to build the tower on the western end ... (01/09/2018)
    • SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Monteverde & Associates PC Announces An Investigation Of Fusion Telecommunications International, Inc. - FSNN - NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Juan Monteverde, founder and managing partner at Monteverde & Associates PC, a boutique securities firm headquartered at the Empire State Building in New York City, is investigating Fusion Telecommunications ... (01/09/2018)
    • Comtech Telecommunications Corp. Awarded $1.2 Million Order to Upgrade High-Power Solid-State Amplifiers - MELVILLE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--January 8, 2018-- Comtech Telecommunications Corp. (Nasdaq:CMTL) announced today that during its second quarter of fiscal 2018, its New York-based subsidiary, Comtech PST Corp., which is part of Comtech’s Government ... (01/08/2018)
    • Zinnov Ranks Sasken in the Leadership Zone for Semiconductor and Telecommunications Verticals - Sasken Technologies Ltd., (BSE: 532663) (NSE: SASKEN) (formerly Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd.), a leading product engineering and digital transformation solutions provider, today announced that it has been positioned in the Established and Niche ... (01/08/2018)
    • BRIEF-ALLO Communications Purchases Hastings, Nebraska Operations Of Glenwood Telecommunications - Jan 4 (Reuters) - Nelnet Inc: * ALLO COMMUNICATIONS SAYS ANNOUNCED PURCHASE OF FIBER NETWORK AND CUSTOMER CONTRACTS OF GLENWOOD TELECOMMUNICATIONS’ HASTINGS, NEBRASKA OPERATIONS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: Our Standards:The Thomson ... (01/04/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $3,984,533,239 on Telecommunications. It has awarded 27,253 contracts to 2,088 companies, with an average value of $1,908,301 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount