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Telephone Companies

SIC 4813 | NAICS 517110


The following guide to industry analysis, trends, and statistics provides sources for industry news and information, market research reports, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.



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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts



Wired Telecommunications Carriers  (view report)
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Operating conditions
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Five-year growth forecast


NCTA
Rural Telecom Magazine
https://www.ntca.org/

Bimonthly trade publication features news and information for small independent community-based communications providers, with topics covered in this publication including business management, operations, marketing, customer service, human resources, technology trends, legislative activities, and regulatory decisions. Current and archived digital editions of the magazine are available online.



Wired Telecommunications Services
Wireless Telecommunications Services
Telecommunications Resellers

http://www.firstresearch.com

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast


TIA
ICT Market Review and Forecast
http://www.tiaonline.org/

Comprehensive annual market review and forecast identifies where growth is happening and why in the information and communications technology industry, with market segments analyzed by growth prospects including pacesetters (rapidly growing), turnarounds (changing direction, accelerating, or decelerating), steady state (growing at steady rates), and legacy technologies (in long-term decline).


USTelecom
Broadband Industry Statistics
https://www.ustelecom.org/

Statistical profiles provide an overview of the market for broadband services, with topics covered in these profiles including number of service providers by type of technology used, capital investment, residential availability, number of connections by type of connection, household penetration by type of connection, residential market share by type of connection, traffic volume, and employment data.


CTIA
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Wireless Quick Facts / Facts and Infographics
http://www.ctia.org/quick-facts / facts-and-infographics
Introductory "Quick Facts" section provides a summary overview of the wireless industry, while the "Facts and Infographics" section provides summary information with links to source documents for topics such as wireless usage by consumers, user demographics, types of technologies used by wireless service providers, mobile revenues by market segment, and mobile's role in e-commerce.

Annual Wireless Survey
http://www.ctia.org/
Annual CTIA survey provides a wide range of current and historical trend data for the industry, with data provided in the report including estimated subscriber connections, total service revenues, total minutes, messages, and megabytes, annual data traffic, monthly average service revenue per unit, and total units by type of device. Selected top-line results from the survey are available free online.

Wireless Industry Indices
http://store.ctia.org/
Annual report provides a comprehensive analysis of the annual CTIA survey results over time and includes detailed benchmarks for industry performance and productivity, with topics addressed in the report including service revenues, subscriber usage (e.g., minutes of usage, messages, and megabytes), capital investment growth, prepaid subscribers, and subscriber-to-employee ratios.




Financial Ratios and Benchmarking Data



Industry Financial Ratios
Wired / Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
https://www.bizminer.com  Search for "517" to see reports for specific types of operations

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios


First Research
Wired Telecommunications Services
Wireless Telecommunications Services
Telecommunications Resellers

http://www.firstresearch.com

Financial information section of these profiles provides income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios by company size based on annual revenue for wired communications providers that offer services such as local and long-distance calling, Internet access, and TV program distribution; wireless voice and data communications providers; and resellers of both types of telecom services.


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Compensation and Salary Surveys


NTCA
Compensation and Benefits Report
https://online.ntca.org/

Annual salary survey provides compensation and benefits information for more than 80 job positions in independent community-based telecommunications companies, with survey results broken down by total number of access lines, annual company revenue, primary line of business, total number of full-time-equivalent employees, geographic region, and total number of years in current job position.


PayScale
Telecommunications
https://www.payscale.com/

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as operations manager, network engineer, software engineer, operations center technician, network technician, and field service technician, with employers for which data is provided including Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, AT&T Mobility, CenturyLink, Sprint Nextel, and T-Mobile.


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Business Valuation Resources


Business Valuation Guide
Chapter 29 - Independent Local Telephone Companies
Hawkins, Paschall, Wolters Kluwer, annual
https://www.businessvalue.com/

Comprehensive business valuation guide includes a number of chapters that address valuation issues and factors specific to certain industries, with Chapter 29 of this valuation guide providing an overview of the business environment in which independent local telephone companies operate and discussing pertinent issues and factors to be considered in performing business valuations for these companies.








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