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Ovum warns telcos to make critical assessments of their assets and operations to determine future growth
[July 24, 2013]

Ovum warns telcos to make critical assessments of their assets and operations to determine future growth

Jul 24, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- A review of the full-year KPIs of 23 of the world's largest telcos makes for sombre reading as revenues continue to decline, finds Ovum. Telcos will have to make a critical assessment of their assets and operations if they are to remain profitable, warns the global independent analyst firm.

New research* from Ovum examining the 2012 performance of mature, emerging and global market telcos** reveals that all operators with significant exposure to Europe reported worse results in 2012 compared to 2011. The overall revenues of European telcos were substantially lower, and growth in their emerging market operations was not enough to offset the losses in their domestic markets. Telcos in Asia-Pacific and emerging markets experienced some growth but at a slower rate than in 2011. The exceptions were China Telecom and China Mobile, which both reported significant revenue uplifts in 2012. Although operators in Japan, North America, and South Korea fared better, the revenue growth of all operators is expected to slow down until at least 2018.

"This research highlights the need for telcos to realign their business strategies for 2013 and beyond," explains Adaora Okeleke, Telco Operations analyst and author of the report. "But simply reducing costs is not the answer. Telcos need to focus on monetizing opportunities created by mobile broadband, use core assets to expand into other industries and change the telco operating model, including the disposal of non-core assets." According to Ovum, there are many assets in telcos' current estates that can weigh heavily on their businesses, particularly when they involve high opex and make little or no contribution to revenues and profitability.

"Telcos could feasibly play a role as service enablers, but they first need to adopt the leaner structures of over-the-top (OTT) players such as Google." comments Okeleke. "By partnering with application developers and allowing them to use their secure platforms for service delivery, telcos will be able to drive innovation and reduce time-to-market." Ovum forecasts that telco revenue growth will slow at a CAGR of 2percentbetween 2012 and 2018. The growth that does occur will largely come from emerging markets, with China playing a major role. The growing number of smartphone users will lead to an increase in the use of data services, which will help to drive operators' revenues. The number of mobile subscriptions is set to increase in 2013, which is largely due to growth in mobile broadband services.

NOTES TO EDITORS * Telco KPIs: 2012 Analysis ** "global market telcos" are defined as telcos with significant operations in both mature and emerging markets.

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