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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

By: Venkatesh MahaleSenior Research Analyst, Worldwide Telecommunications, Courtney MunroeGroup Vice President of Worldwide Telecommunications Research, Ragupathy Vellappa


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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