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Mobile connections, including
licensed cellular IoT
0,000,000,000 6.20% 7360071981,7393430955,7486115902,7558067932,7606380372,7665640621,7764607329,7946194777,8057042923,8174405031,8287080775,8438520989

Unique mobile subscribers 0,000,000,000 3.72% 4422852512,4484523981,4546856798,4608775273,4669381240,4728761638,4782310192,4835019906,4884704121,4931552099,4973985039,5014698487

Revenue/year $1.05T 1.64% 253.0,255.0,256.8,259.2,254.1,256.9,257.6,263.5,255.8,261.4,260.8,271.1

ARPU/month $9.49 -3.05% 9.8143,9.7473,9.7870,9.4211,9.4954,9.5361,9.5334,9.2396,9.1246,9.1143,9.3171,9.1303

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The Mobile Economy 2018

2017 was a milestone year for the mobile industry: the number of people connected to mobile services surpassed 5 billion globally, with 3.7 billion in developing markets. As such, two out of three people in the world had a mobile subscription at the end of 2017. Looking out to 2025, the mobile industry will reach new major milestones across key indicators – unique subscribers, internet users and 4G/5G connections.

The Mobile Economy 2018

The Mobile Economy 2018

The Mobile Economy 2018

 

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Subscriber data

  • Unique subscribers

  • Subscriber additions
  • Subscriber growth, quarterly
  • Subscriber growth, annual

  • Subscriber penetration

  • SIMs per subscriber

  • Connections *
  • % connections *

  • Market share *
  • Net additions share *

  • Net additions *
  • Growth rate, quarterly *
  • Growth rate, annual *

  • Market penetration *

  • Gross additions
  • Disconnections

  • Herfindahl-Hirschman Index

Operational data

  • ARPU
  • Effective price per minute
  • Churn
  • Ported connections

  • Minutes of use
  • SMS usage
  • MMS usage
  • Data traffic

  • Acquisition costs
  • Retention costs
  • Employees

  • Base stations
  • Network coverage

  • Ownership structure

Financial data

  • Revenue
  • % recurring revenue

  • Opex
  • Opex/revenue
  • Capex
  • Capex/revenue

  • Operating free cash flow
  • Net profit
  • EBITDA
  • EBIT

Demographic & Economic data

  • Population
  • % population

  • GDP
  • GDP growth
  • GNI
  • GNI growth

  • GINI index
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment rate

  • Exchange rates

Feed

  • Smartphones, tablets
  • Data
  • Traffic
  • Apps

  • Networks
  • Coverage
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Spectrum
  • Licensing
  • MNP
  • SIM registration

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Over 26 million data points, updated daily. GSMA Intelligence provides coverage of all 1,400+ operators and 1,200+ MVNOs across 4,400+ networks, 65 groups and 237 countries and territories worldwide from 1979-present.

Historical data is augmented by five-year subscriber connection forecasts for all network technologies.

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The GSMA Intelligence 'Feed' provides market insight and data in real time as it is reported by the industry.

The Feed uniquely collates contextual snippets and graphs directly sourced from operator, regulator and vendor reports and presentations, as well as via trusted media sources, providing an instant 'snapshot' on key industry developments.

Supporting Mobile for Development

GSMA Intelligence also supports the digital empowerment of people in emerging markets through its Mobile for Development resource. It is a central platform of data, analysis and insight used to inform investment and design decisions for mobile services. This work is freely accessible through support from Mastercard Foundation and Omidyar Network.

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