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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Wireless Telecommunications Carriers

Overview: the U.S. Wireless Telecommunications Carriers 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 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers: 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 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers 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.)

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

Calling Features - Mobile Telephony

Calling Features - Mobile Telephony - Residential

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

Mobile All Distance Telephony

Messaging (Paging) Services

Specialized Wireless Services

Internet Telephony

Installation Services For Telecommunications Equipment

Repair And Maintenance Services For Telecommunications Equipment

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

Rental Or Lease Of Goods And/Or Equipment

Rental Of Telecommunications Equipment (Include Leasing.)

Resale Of Merchandise

Resale Of Other Merchandise

Resale Of Telecommunications Equipment

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

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 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers 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 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers 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 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers 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 6%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 10%
Business Operations Specialists 9%
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 13%
Computer Occupations 13%
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 6%
Sales and Related Occupations 32%
Retail Sales Workers 11%
Retail Salespersons 11%
Retail Salespersons 11%
Sales Representatives, Services 14%
Miscellaneous Sales Representatives, Services 14%
Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 14%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 22%
Information and Record Clerks 16%
Customer Service Representatives 15%
Customer Service Representatives 15%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 10%
Electrical and Electronic Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 8%
Radio and Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers 8%
Telecommunications Equipment Installers and Repairers, Except Line Installers 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Wireless Telecommunications Carriers Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Etheric Networks trademarks "MEGAWAN" - Communications via fiber-optic networks; Digital network telecommunications services; Providing access to telecommunication networks; Providing technical support services regarding the usage of communications equipment; Telecommunication services - 02/16/2018
  • United States Cellular patents Inter-network Operator Roaming Policy Configuration In Mobile Wireless Data Networks Operated By Cooperating Network Service Providers - 02/15/2018
  • United States Cellular trademarks "TECHSPERTISE" - Electronic transmission of messages, video and user defined data related to the monitoring and management of business electronic systems, business security systems and business automation systems by means of wireless services, wireline services and through a global computer network - 09/06/2016
  • Wytec International raises $15 million in funding. - 07/21/2016
  • Syncromatics trademarks "MAKE TRANSIT WORK" - Business advisory services, consultancy and information; Business assistance, advisory and consulting services in the field of transit, transportation, mass transit, and transit/transportation agency organization, operation, and IT solutions; Business consultation in the field of transit, transportation, mass transit, and transit/transportation agency organization, operation, and IT solutions; Business consulting and information services; Business consulting services in the field of transit, transportation, mass transit, and transit/transportation agency organization, operation, and IT solutions; Business consulting services - 12/17/2013

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    United States Cellular107
    Wytec International2
    U.s. Internet

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

    Latest Industry News

    • XG Communities announces advancement for the City of Beaumont’s 5G wireless strategy - XG Communities organizes and markets the siting rights for small cell deployment on city property to wireless communications providers through its Site SeleX Platform. XG Communities currently has agreements with 27 cities and all major carriers. (01/12/2018)
    • Why US carriers won’t sell the best phone in the world - The company isn’t big enough to be treated as a national carrier, which gives them access to Huawei. Chinese telecom infrastructure giants, including Huawei, are stocking up on 5G patents. Union Wireless customer relations chief Brian Woody sang the ... (01/12/2018)
    • At the Behest of T-Mobile, the FCC Is Undoing Rules That Make it Easier for Small ISPs to Compete With Big Telecom - the traditional model favored Big Telecom cell phone service providers. That’s because the spectrum would be auctioned off in pieces that were too big for smaller companies to afford—and covered more area than they needed to serve their customers. (01/12/2018)
    • SK Telecom, ONE Media, Sinclair Sign MoU on ATSC 3.0 Platform - LAS VEGAS—South Korean wireless telecom company SK Telecom ... “The company will share its core infrastructure with global companies to come up with convergent business models that will create new business platforms,” said Park. (01/12/2018)
    • Q Link Wireless Named "Inc. 5000" Company - Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Q Link Wireless announces its ... Q Link was also ranked by Inc. as a "Top Telecommunications Company" for its growth. "With calculations based on rapid growth, instead of size, companies like Q Link can celebrate ... (01/11/2018)
    • Wireless Telecom Group names Chris Newton as Vice President of Global Sales for Microlab - Mr. Newton brings over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and a proven track record of new product approvals in ILEC/RBOC accounts and all Tier 1 Wireless carriers. He previously served as VP of Sales for TE Connectivity, NextWave ... (01/11/2018)
    • Uniti’s Wallace: We’re in a fiber investment phase with the wireless carriers - “The reason for the large amount of success-based capital is we’re in an investment phase with the wireless carriers,” Wallace said. “We are winning and deploying fiber to support both the dark fiber that the carriers need to have in place as well ... (01/11/2018)
    • Morgan Stanley raises 2018 EPS outlook for all 4 major carriers, citing tax reform - And the overall telecom sector has “significantly ... its newfound resources—and how consumers might up their wireless spending. “What remains to be seen is the second order effect, as companies and individuals start to react to their improved ... (01/10/2018)
    • Huawei CEO: U.S. consumer loses from failure to ink phone deal with wireless carrier - Reuters, citing unnamed sources, said AT&T was pressured to drop the deal after members of the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees sent a letter to the Federal Communications ... T-Mobile wireless networks. But without a U.S. carrier it will ... (01/10/2018)
    • Conversant Wireless Joins ETSI - ETSI's members include companies and organizations with an interest ... applications covering technologies used in a wide range of mobile communications devices and services. Conversant Wireless' former name was Core Wireless. For more information, please ... (01/09/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $289,003,368 on Wireless Telecommunications Carriers. It has awarded 8,401 contracts to 371 companies, with an average value of $778,985 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

    Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

    Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Wireless Telecommunications Carriers to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

    The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

    Internet Access Services
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Wireless Telecommunications CarriersOpportunity/Threat
    Telecommunications Resellers Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Internet Access Services are less than those from Wireless Telecommunications Carriers. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Internet Access Services sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Internet Access Services Product Sales Report

    Carrier Services & Internet Backbone Services
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Wireless Telecommunications CarriersOpportunity/Threat
    Telecommunications Resellers Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Carrier Services & Internet Backbone Services are less than those from Wireless Telecommunications Carriers. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Carrier Services & Internet Backbone Services sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Carrier Services & Internet Backbone Services Product Sales Report

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