Telecommunications Report United States of America 1st Quarter

  • ID: 4465667
  • Report
  • Region: United States
  • 11 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The US telecoms industry is a vast and fast-moving sector that is likely to undergo significant changes in the near to medium term. Once confined to providers of fixed-line telephone services, its focus has shifted to mobile devices, the internet and numerous applications, such as video streaming, financial services technology and, most recently, artificial intelligence.

Change is also being propelled by an accelerating trend towards "cord-cutting", with consumers embracing internet and wireless streaming in place of pay-TV, cable-TV and landline services. This trend is putting pressure on traditional TV distributors and channels. Mobile subscriptions are forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 2.7% during 2018-22. Fixed-line subscriptions will continue to fall, at an average rate of 1.7%, following the trend in most developed countries. The internet user penetration rate will grow at an annual average of 3.5% during the forecast period.

Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 presidential election adds uncertainty to the outlook for telecoms regulation. His appointee to chair the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the industry's chief regulator, in December 2017, moved to dismantle net neutrality. Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised media organisations that have been unfavourable towards him, but the FCC has so far refused to act against them, including reassessing their licences.

Industry List: Fixed, Telecommunications, Internet, Telecommunications, Mobile, Telecommunications, Telecommunications
Industry Codes (NAIC): 517
Industry Codes (SIC): 48
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Telecommunications Report United States of America 1st Quarter

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