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Telecommunications Report United States of America 2nd Quarter

  • ID: 4276134
  • Report
  • May 2021
  • Region: United States
  • 12 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
Mobile subscriptions are forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 2.4% over The Economist Intelligence Unit's 2021-25 forecast period, driven partly by a rebound in GDP growth, a steady rise in private consumption and personal disposable income, and a gradual expansion of the 5G network. Fixed-line sub-scriptions will decline by an average of 1.7% in the forecast period, continuing the trend in most developed countries. The number of internet subscribers will grow from a forecast 37.6 per 100 people in 2021 to 39.7 in 2025.

The inauguration of Joe Biden as president on January 20th is likely to bring significant changes in US telecommunications policy. On January 22nd Mr Biden named a current Democratic commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to replace Ajit Pai, who was appointed by Donald Trump. In mid-April the FCC approved an Emergency Connectivity Fund, providing more than US$7bn to reimburse schools and libraries for equipment and infrastructure required to facilitate distance learning during the pandemic. An Emergency Broadband Benefit subsidy package of US$50 per month will also be made available to low-income households by the end of May. Whether or not Ms Rosenworcel stays in her post, the FCC under the Biden administration is likely to push to close the digital divide, support net neutrality and be less committed to deregulation than Mr Pai.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted important shifts in consumer and business behaviour, some of which are likely to persist well beyond the current crisis. An initial surge in demand for internet-based communication and entertainment services such as Zoom, Skype, Netflix and Disney+ is likely to persist over the forecast period, reflecting flexible working patterns and continued growth of on-demand streaming services vis-à-vis movie theatres. Average in-home data usage increased by 18% year on year to 18.1 Gb in 2020.

Industry List: Connected devices, Telecommunications, Fixed, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile, Telecommunications, Telecommunications
Industry Codes (NAIC): 517
Industry Codes (SIC): 48
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