Telstra tops the rankings for mobile subscriptions to 2026

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Telstra is expected to retain its crown of having the most mobile subscriptions from the end of the year until 2026 due to the focus on 5G.

The claim comes from telecommunications analyst at research firm GlobalData, Aasif Iqbal, during the publication of his Australia Mobile Broadband Forecast Model (Q2-2021) report, which said the phone company’s recent moves are supporting its 5G push.

“It has extended 5G coverage to 75% of the population from June 2021 and plans to invest $ 150 million in upgrading the mobile network until April 2022,” he said. “The company also plans to shut down the 3G network by June 2024 to free up spectrum for 5G expansion.”

Telstra’s continued dominance in the market comes as GlobalData says global mobile service revenues in Australia are expected to reach US $ 11 billion by 2026, representing a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.9%.

In summary, mobile data service revenues are expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% over the next five years due to an expected increase in 5G subscriptions with higher average revenue per user (ARPU).

Meanwhile, mobile voice service revenues will also grow, albeit relatively more slowly over the period, with a CAGR of 2.2%.

While the numbers are expected to rise, this is a drop from analysis published by GlobalData seven months ago in March, when it said at the time that the global mobile services market would reach 15 billion. dollars by 2025.

Either way, Telstra’s 5G push comes at the right time, as Iqbal added that 5G subscriptions in Australia are expected to cover 30.9% of the market in 2026 following support from the leading phone company, as well as Optus and Vodafone, for the expansion of 5G.

The phone company’s continued advance in the market also comes from the fact that Iqbal claimed earlier in the year that Telstra needs to focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G network expansion to disable 3G to free up spectrum for 5G.

Since then, Telstra’s recently announced T25 plan has seen it work on, among other things, aligning its technology service experts to focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).

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