Broadband, mobile, ARPU to fall despite rise in service revenues – report

Created October 14, 2022


According to a new report from Omdia, total worldwide telecoms revenues from mobile and fixed broadband services will grow 14% between 2022 and 2027 to reach €1.2 trillion. However monthly ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) combined across both mobile and fixed broadband will fall by 4.2% from €7.48 in 2022 to €7.16 in 2027.

Omdia says in fixed broadband markets, the transition to fibre has had a net positive impact in most cases as the technology offers a much-needed step-change in home broadband quality of service on the back of the pandemic. However, markets with high fibre penetration are seeing a significant drop in ARPU such as France, Spain and China as competition intensifies and there isn’t a clear monetisation path for fibre customers once they transitioned. It adds that in mobile markets, it is now evident that 5G will not be sufficient to offset ARPU decline as customers are unwilling to pay more for it. Unlimited data and video streaming services bundled exclusively on 5G contracts have had some success, but this only gives the industry the illusion of a 5G ARPU uplift.

Omdia forecasts consumer residential fixed broadband subscriptions delivered via fibre to the home will exceed 1 billion subscriptions by 2027 equivalent to a household penetration of 41.9%. 5G will account for 5.9 billion subscriptions in 2027 equivalent to a population penetration of 70.9%.















Omdia Research Director Ronan de Renesse said, “People don’t buy technology; they buy fun exciting new experiences. There is a misconception that operators should be reselling the technology they buy directly to customers, and it doesn’t work. The network is the bedrock on which innovation and creativity can flourish like 4G and mobile apps. It is not just up to operators to solve the ARPU growth challenge but rather the rest of the digital services ecosystem.”

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.