U.K. Service Provider Revenue Shows Need for New Lines of Business

Industry trends in the United Kingdom illustrate just how important new revenue sources already have become, in a business some of us expect will lose fully half its current revenue over about a decade’s time.You might argue that U.K. service provider revenue has been largely flat since about 2006, for example.

Total U.K. telecom service revenue declined for the third successive year in 2011, falling by £0.8 billion (1.9 percent) to £39.7 billion, Ofcom, the U.K. communications regulator, reports.

In large part, that might be because household spend on communication services fell from £110.50 in 2006 to £97.62 in 2011, representing a monthly decline of £12.88, or £154.56 per year. Average monthly household spend on telecoms services fell to £65.04 in 2011, a £3.02 a month (4.4 percent) fall in real terms.

Retail revenues increased by £0.1 billion to £31.0 billion during the year, despite a £0.2 billion increase in fixed internet revenues. Neither of those changes is particularly large in magnitude, but the key figure is the increase in fixed network Internet revenues, since broadband access has been the most-recent “new service” added to fixed network menus.

A similar rise in corporate data service revenues and a £0.1 billion increase in retail revenues from mobile voice and data services were offset by a £0.5 billion fall in fixed network calling and access revenues.

Much of the shortfall came from the wholesale segment, as revenues fell by £0.9 billion (8.9 percent) in 2011. That illustrates the near-term impact regulatory changes can have. The European Commission, for example, recently has mandated reductions in wholesale roaming charges for mobile services. 





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