Pushing the Envelope of Mobile Carrier Profitability

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3Q 2013 | IN-1017148


China Mobile Number One, But Not in the Top 50


There is a premise that the more subscribers an operator has, the greater economy of scale it can achieve. And yes, this is broadly correct. For example, from ABI Research’s Mobile Carrier Strategies Research Service, we have established that China Mobile is the carrier with the highest overall gross profit for 1Q 2013 (US$9,748 million), but that is very much due to the 726 million subscriptions it has on its network. However, when it comes to gross profit per subscriber, China Mobile is not even in the top 50. Instead that accolade goes to the North American (NA) mobile carriers.

Nobody Can Beat North America’s Gross Profit per Sub



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