NTT still world's top-earning operator

Michael Carroll
12 Apr 2013

NTT maintained its position as the world’s top revenue generating telco in 2012, and also lead the way in terms of capex, a forthcoming report by Infonetics shows.

The report puts AT&T second, and Verizon third in terms of revenue generation in 2012, with China Mobile second in capex, and AT&T third. While NTT tops the revenue chart overall, the report places China Mobile at the top of the list of independent wireless operators, with close to $89 billion (€67.8 billion) worth of sales in 2012.

Maria Zeppetella, market analyst manager with the firm and lead author of the study, says NTT also took the lead in terms of operating expenses in 2012, and that Telefonica “leads among European operators in terms of capex, revenue and opex.”

The report is based on Infonetics quarterly analysis of the results of 160 incumbent and independent wireless, satellite, and cable operators in North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, and the Caribbean and Latin America.

Other findings include Comcast being the only pure cable operator in the top ten revenue generators; three Chinese operators in the top six in terms of spending; and that LTE subscriber growth is the fastest of all other technologies.

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