Global telecommunications industry: financial insight

Statista overview report on financial KPI benchmarks of listed telecommunications companies

Global telecommunications industry: financial insight

The telecommunications industry is moving towards a new era characterized by advancements of technology such as 5G, changes in consumer behavior driven by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, increased data consumption, and an increase in services provided on the edge of networks rather than centrally.

The analyses contained in this report examine the position from which telcos are responding to the challenges that lay ahead. There is no one-size-fits all approach available, due to the different make-up and shape of each regional market. In Central and South America, for example, the market is largely occupied by a small number of large listed companies, with relatively few smaller operators. North America shows entirely different characteristics, with a market that is home not only to some of the largest telcos in the world, but to dozens of smaller listed companies, which in many cases lowers the regional median figure. ​​

This report takes a close look at the financial KPIs of the listed telcos from across the globe. It considers KPIs on a country level, regional level, and makes comparisons with global medians. It also takes a broad look at the state of the telecommunications industry, the merger of Sprint Corporation and T-Mobile US one year on, and other challenges and opportunities that the industry faces.​

Table of contents

Operating KPIs

  • Revenue
  • Expenses
  • Number of employees
  • Revenue per employee

Solvency and activity ratios
  • Assets and liabilities
  • Long-term debt-to-equity
  • Quick ratio and current ratio
  • Revenue to assets (asset turnover)

Spotlight: T-Mobile and Sprint Corp. merger
  • Players
  • Subscribers
  • Assets

Profitability and valuation
  • Five-year annual revenue growth rate
  • Five-year average net profit margin
  • EBIT
  • Return on assets
  • Price-to-earnings ratio

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