Report overview

Our International carrier report provides a unique comprehensive global view of the International wholesale market including trends, drivers, future vision, 6-year traffic and revenue and forecasts for voice, data and IPX services. The objectives of this report are to:

  • Provide a complete overview of the international telecoms interconnect business
  • Identify and discuss the main trends in this area, highlighting the changes in wholesale offerings as many services move to an IP infrastructure
  • Acquire a enlightened view of the future of the international carrier business
  • Deliver a comprehensive model that forecasts traffic and revenue for the voice, data and IPX segments on a total, wholesale, global and regional basis

Who should purchase this report:

  • Carriers and mobile data hubs seeking to understand how the segment is evolving in terms of trends, revenue, services, customers and competitors
  • Operators and OTTs needing to understand how the voice and data wholesale market is evolving
  • Product and Engineering teams planning for the growth and evolution of the international interconnect business
  • Vendors looking to understand the needs of wholesalers, mobile data hubs and wholesale customers and where new opportunities will come from
  • Investors requiring a view of the opportunities, challenges and potential growth of the wholesale market, this per segment and region

Table of content

Executive Summary

Introduction

The Wholesale Conundrum
     Tackling the revenue challenge
     Tackling the efficiency challenge
     Tackling the digital transformation challenge

The Future of the Wholesale business
     API
     Artificial Intelligence
     Blockchain
     Cloud and Virtualization
     Internet of Things (IoT)
    New digital wholesale mantras

The Future of Subscribers
     Fixed and mobile subscribers          
     LTE, 5G and VoLTE subscribers    
     Mobile roaming trips

The Future of Voice
     International voice traffic and revenue  
     Wholesale voice traffic and revenue   
     International Voice over LTE and Voice over 5G traffic and revenue    
     VoLTE roaming traffic and revenue
     The possible impact of different VoLTE roaming options

The Future of Roaming Data and Messaging     
     International wholesale SMS traffic and revenue       
     Roaming SMS traffic and revenue     
     Data roaming traffic and revenue      
     LTE and 5G Data roaming traffic and revenue       
 
The Future of IPX
     VoIPX traffic and revenue       
     IPX transport traffic and revenue      
     Diameter signalling traffic         

Annex A – Services background and definitions 
     Data, roaming and signalling background  
     IPX background   

 Annex B - Acronyms  
     

List of tables

TABLE 1: DIGITAL WHOLESALE MANTRAS
TABLE 2: FIXED AND MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS (MILLION)
TABLE 3: FIXED SUBSCRIBERS BY REGION (MILLION)
TABLE 4: MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS BY REGION (MILLION)
TABLE 6: LTE AND 5G SUBSCRIBERS BY REGION (MILLION)
TABLE 7: VOLTE AND VO5G SUBSCRIBERS BY REGION (MILLION)
TABLE 8: SMARTPHONE SUBSCRIBERS BY REGION (MILLION)
TABLE 9: 5G SUBSCRIBERS BY REGION (MILLION)
TABLE 10: TOTAL TRIPS MADE BY MOBILE SUBSCRIBER BY REGION (MILLION/YEAR)
TABLE 11: ACTIVE DATA ROAMING TRIPS MADE BY ROAMERS REGION (MILLION/YEAR)
TABLE 12: ACTIVE VOICE ROAMING TRIPS MADE BY ROAMERS REGION (MILLION/YEAR)
TABLE 13: INTERNATIONAL VOICE TRAFFIC AND REVENUE (BILLION MINUTES, US$ BILLION)
TABLE 14: INTERNATIONAL VOICE TRAFFIC BY TERMINATING REGION (BILLION MINUTES)
TABLE 15: INTERNATIONAL VOICE REVENUE BY TERMINATING REGION (US$ BILLION)
TABLE 16: INTERNATIONAL VOICE TRAFFIC BY ORIGINATING REGION (BILLION MINUTES)
TABLE 17: INTERNATIONAL VOICE INBOUND/OUTBOUND TRAFFIC RATIOS        
TABLE 18: INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE VOICE TRAFFIC AND REVENUE
TABLE 19: INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE VOICE TRAFFIC BY TERMINATING REGION
TABLE 20: INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE VOICE REVENUE BY TERMINATING REGION
TABLE 21: INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE VOICE TRAFFIC BY ORIGINATING REGION        
TABLE 22: INTERNATIONAL WHOLESALE VOICE INBOUND/OUTBOUND TRAFFIC RATIOS
TABLE 23: INTERNATIONAL VOLTE/VO5G TRAFFIC AND REVENUE
TABLE 24: INTERNATIONAL VOLTE/VO5G TRAFFIC BY ORIGINATING REGION
TABLE 25: INTERNATIONAL VOLTE/VO5G TRAFFIC BY TERMINATING REGION
TABLE 26: END-TO-END INTERNATIONAL VOLTE AND VO5G TRAFFIC (BILLION MINUTES)
TABLE 27: ROAMING VOLTE AND VO5G TRAFFIC AND REVENUE
TABLE 28: ROAMING VOLTE AND VO5G TRAFFIC BY TERMINATING REGION
TABLE 29: ROAMING VOLTE AND VO5G REVENUE BY TERMINATING REGION (US$ BILLION)
TABLE 30: INT’L SMS TRAFFIC AND REVENUE ROUTED OVER SMS HUBS
TABLE 31: INT’L SMS TRAFFIC ROUTED OVER SMS HUBS BY ORIGINATING REGION
TABLE 32: INT’L SMS REVENUE ROUTED OVER SMS HUBS BY ORIGINATING REGION
TABLE 33: ROAMING SMS TRAFFIC AND REVENUE (BILLION SMS, US$ MILLION)
TABLE 34: ROAMING SMS TRAFFIC BY ROAMER REGION (BILLION SMS)
TABLE 35: ROAMING SMS REVENUE BY ROAMER REGION (US$ MILLION)
TABLE 36: TOTAL DATA ROAMING TRAFFIC AND REVENUE (PB/YEAR, US$ MILLION)
TABLE 37: TOTAL DATA ROAMING TRAFFIC BY ROAMER REGION (PB/YEAR)
TABLE 38: TOTAL DATA ROAMING REVENUE BY ROAMER REGION (US$ MILLION)
TABLE 39: LTE DATA ROAMING TRAFFIC AND REVENUE (PB/YEAR, US$ MILLION)
TABLE 40: LTE DATA ROAMING TRAFFIC BY ROAMER REGION (PB/YEAR)
TABLE 41: LTE DATA ROAMING REVENUE BY ROAMER REGION (US$ MILLION)
TABLE 42: INTERNATIONAL VOIPX TRAFFIC AND REVENUE (BILLION MINUTES, US$ BILLION)
TABLE 43: INTERNATIONAL VOIPX TRAFFIC BY TERMINATING REGION (BILLION MINUTES)
TABLE 44: INTERNATIONAL VOIPX REVENUE BY TERMINATING REGION (US$ BILLION)
TABLE 45: INTERNATIONAL VOIPX TRAFFIC BY ORIGINATING REGION (BILLION MINUTES)
TABLE 46: IPX TRANSPORT TRAFFIC AND REVENUE (PB/YEAR, US$ MILLION)
TABLE 47: IPX TRANSPORT TRAFFIC BY ROAMER REGION (PB/YEAR)
TABLE 48: IPX TRANSPORT REVENUE BY ROAMER REGION (US$ MILLION)
TABLE 49: DIAMETER ROAMING TRAFFIC BY ROAMER REGION (BILLION MESSAGES)