U.S. International Long Distance Used to Drive Industry Revenues; No More

Total international calling revenues revenues from U.S. customers decreased in 2014, compared to previous years, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission reports.

U.S. international service providers billed U.S. customers $3.87 billion in 2013. Such carriers billed U.S. customers $3.7 billion in 2014.  

Settlement payments of $2.6 billion also were recorded, for $1.0 billion worth of minutes completed on foreign fixed-line networks and $1.5 billion for minutes completed on foreign mobile networks.

So one way of looking at the business is that international long distance represents about 30 percent gross margin on a net $1.1 billion business.

Consider that Verizon’s 2015 annual revenues are about $131.6 billion. AT&T’s 2015 annual revenues were $147 billion. International consumer voice revenues now are negligible for both firms.

Calls to juste three countries accounted for about 63 percent of the outgoing international U.S.- billed minutes.

The top three routes with the highest international U.S.-billed minutes in 2014 were U.S.-India (24.8 percent), U.S.-Mexico (23.7 percent), and U.S.-Canada (14.2 percent).

Of the total 84.7 billion minutes billed in 2014, 49.4 billion minutes were completed on foreign fixed-line networks, and 35.3 billion minutes were completed on foreign mobile networks.  

The number of providers filing traffic and revenue reports increased by 30 percent. The number of providers increased from 1,457 in the previous report to 1,896 in this report, which includes, for the first time, 354 interconnected VoIP service providers.
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