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Global telecoms market: trends and forecasts 2020–2025

18 February 2021 | Research

Stefano Porto Bonacci

Forecast report | PPTX and PDF (45 slides); Excel | Global Telecoms Data

"An increase in the number of mobile connections, growing spending on mobile data and an accelerated take-up of FTTP/B services will lead to telecoms revenue growth worldwide during 2020–2025."


Total telecoms service revenue will grow at a CAGR of 1.2% between 2020 and 2025, primarily due to the strong demand for fast fixed broadband services, reinforced by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report examines telecoms trends on a global and regional level and provides key insights into the future of the worldwide telecoms market.

This report and data annex provide:

  • a 5-year forecast of around 200 mobile and fixed KPIs for the worldwide telecoms market and for eight regions (note that there are an additional 150 KPIs for Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe)
  • an in-depth analysis of the trends, drivers and forecast assumptions for each type of mobile and fixed service in each geographical region, and a worldwide summary
  • an overview of operator strategies and region-specific topics, in order to highlight similarities and differences by means of a cross-regional comparison
  • a summary of results and key implications for mobile and fixed operators.

Worldwide totals are refreshed every time any of the regional results are updated.


Geographical coverage


Key performance indicators

Regions modelled

  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP)
  • Emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP)
  • Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • North America (NA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Western Europe (WE)






  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Prepaid, contract
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Smartphone,


  • Voice, broadband
  • Narrowband voice, VoBB
  • DSL, FTTP/B, cable, FWA, 5G, other
  • Pay TV


Fixed and mobile

  • Outgoing minutes, MoU

Mobile data traffic




  • Service, retail, wholesale
  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Handset voice, messaging, data
  • Prepaid, contract, 
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G


  • Service, retail, wholesale
  • Voice, broadband, dedicated connections
  • DSL, FTTP/B, cable, FWA, 5G, other

ICT services

Pay TV

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