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Telephone Call Centers

  • ID: 1052376
  • April 2015
  • Region: United States
  • 10 pages
  • First Research

Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:

Companies in this industry operate telephone call centers that provide telemarketing, customer care, and other outsourced business services on a contract basis. Major companies include Convergys, Sitel, TeleTech, and West (all based in the US), as well as Atento (Brazil), Tata Consultancy Services (India), and Teleperformance (France).

Global call center revenue exceeds $300 billion per year, according to Everest Group. India is a leading site for call center operations, but the country has been losing ground in recent years to the Philippines and countries in Eastern Europe.

The US telephone call center industry includes about 4,200 companies with combined annual revenue of about $17 billion.


Demand is largely driven by consumer spending and business activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficiency of operations. Big companies have the scale to provide services to large corporate customers. Small companies can compete successfully for small and midsized customers because there are few economies of scale. The US industry is concentrated: the top 50 companies account for about 55 percent of revenue.

The industry has been sharply affected in recent years by regulatory controls on telemarketing practices and strong competition from offshore operators.


Major services are telemarketing sales, customer care, technical support, and call answering. Smaller companies generally specialize in one of these services. Call center operations are typically a function of business process outsourcing (BPO) services, which include the contracting of back office tasks (such as billing...

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Industry Overview
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Business Challenges
Business Trends
Industry Opportunities
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Financial Information
Industry Forecast
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