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Sep 2018 - Market Forecast - Doc # US44232018

U.S. Mobile Consumer and Business Services Forecast, 2018–2022

By: Jason LeighResearch Manager, Mobility, Denise LundResearch Director, Enterprise Mobility, Carrie MacGillivrayGroup Vice President, Internet of Things, 5G & Mobility


This IDC study analyzes the U.S. mobile consumer and business services market outlook for 2018–2022. This study discusses the key market trends impacting both the consumer and business wireless market segments within the United States and examines the key market challenges and competitive dynamics to watch in 2018 and beyond. Forecasts for total subscribers, consumer and business subscribers and revenue, and average revenue per user (ARPU) are also provided. The analysis in this study includes the following:

  • A discussion of recent trends in the U.S. mobile services market
  • Forecasts of consumer and business subscribers, revenue, and ARPU for 2018–2022
  • An examination of the market characteristics and guidance for mobile operators to leverage the growth opportunities in the five-year forecast period

"Despite its maturity, the mobile industry continues to adapt to market opportunities, realizing subscriber gains that exceed expectations by countering low population growth trends and subscriber saturation with new connected device forms and targeted promotional activity," says Jason Leigh, senior research analyst, Mobility at IDC. "However, while mobile operators have experienced counterintuitive subscriber gains as of late, translating those subscriptions into corresponding service revenue growth remains a significant challenge."



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