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Global telecom industry capex to cross $224 bn by 2015

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Telecom service providers across the globe are expected to hike their capital expenditures to $224.5 billion by 2015, riding on continued high demand for mobile services in developing countries, says a report.

According to the market analysis report by US-based The Insight Research CorporationThe Insight Research Corporation, mobile operators in developing countries would continue increasing their capital outlays to meet the pent up demand for service.

"Capital expenditures (capex) by telecommunications service providers globally is expected to increase at a compound rate of 2.4 per cent, from $199.6 billion in 2010 to $224.5 billion in 2015," the report stated.

According to the study, capital expenditure in various global regions would be very uneven with major sectors witnessing slump or decline. Demand for mobile services in developing nations would offset lag in spending in developed countries, it added.

In developing countries, capital expenditure growth slowed in 2009, but did not turn negative due to the buoyancy provided by the growth in mobile subscriber.

"This growth is expected to continue during the forecast period. India's capex outlook is prima facia evidence of this trend," the report stated.

However, fall in spending in China is a result of slowdown in mobile subscriber growth rates, rock-bottom equipment prices and operator margin pressure, it added.

Meanwhile, capex spending among fixed-line operators is expected to continue to decline in the next few years.

First Published: Tue, March 23 2010. 15:49 IST