Global Telecom, Pay TV Revenues to Touch US$1.5 Trillion This Year

Driven by remote working, collaboration and online media consumption, worldwide spending on telecommunications and pay TV services is forecast to reach US$1.5 trillion in 2021, representing an increase of 1 per cent over 2020.

The fastest expansion is still expected in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to an IDC report, while the value of fixed voice and mobile voice services segments will be gradually declining, the value of fixed data and mobile data services portions will be slowly growing.

“The major driver in the mobile segment will be a gradual recovery of roaming revenues fuelled by the recuperation of the global tourist industry. The market for traditional pay TV services will continue to decline slowly due to migration of customers to over-the-top (OTT) video services platforms,” the IDC report showed on Friday.

The overall market’s growth rates are expected to remain stable during the entire forecast period and even speed up slightly in 2025.

5G will constitute 38.8 per cent of total mobile connections and 41.3 per cent of total mobile spending by the end of the forecast period in 2025.

“The troubles related to Covid-19 are still not in the rear-view mirror as the worsening pandemic dynamics in some low-income countries and the global supply-chain disruptions threaten to harm the fragile recovery of the market,” said Kresimir Alic, research director, telecommunications at IDC.

“But because of the resiliency the industry showed during 2020, we are convinced that the market will remain in a positive mood for at least the next couple of years,” Alic added.

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