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Dec 2017 - Market Perspective - Doc # US43239417

Worldwide Telecom Service Provider Capex Report, FY16: LTE Investments Wind Down Amid Questions on 5G ROI

Authors: Venkatesh Mahale, Courtney Munroe, Ragupathy Vellappa

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The IDC study presents the trends of service providers' capital expenditure by region in general and a detailed analysis of spending from the top 10 carrier groups.

"The consolidated capex numbers for operators worldwide declined by more than 6% to reach $306 in 2016, indicating a trouble ahead for equipment vendors as operators struggle to balance their reinvestment in their legacy and deployment of next-gen technology within their network. To get ahead and remain sustainable for the longer term, the operators have to pick business cases where they have a competitive edge and focus their strategy on them." — Venkatesh Mahale, assistant research manager, Worldwide Telecommunications Research at IDC

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