U.S. Fixed Network Revenue Declined 50% Between 2002 and 2013

During the 11-year period between 2002 and 2013, By 2013, U.S. fixed network provider gross and net revenue both had fallen by more than 50 percent compared to 2002.

Growth of the mobile business replaced those lost revenues, as did growth by acquisition for the largest providers.

In 2002, U.S. telecommunications industry gross revenues were $385 billion (including cable and satellite TV), and its net revenues (after interconnection costs, program content, and handset subsidies) were $315 billion.

In 2013, gross revenues were $455 billion and net revenue was about $333 billion. Mobility accounts for most of the growth.

AT&T (the former SBC) and Verizon arguably also grew through acquisition, more than by organic growth.

Figure 2. 2002 and 2013 US telecommunications and content distribution revenue


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