Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturing Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 10/4/2021
SIC Codes: 3661, 3663, 3669
NAICS Codes: 3342
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Companies in this industry make equipment used in telephone, data, radio and TV broadcast, and wireless communications networks. Major companies include Apple, Cisco, and Qualcomm (all based in the US), as well as Ericsson (Sweden), Huawei (China), Nokia (Finland), Samsung (South Korea), and ZTE Corporation (China).

Global spending on information technology - including software, systems, services, and hardware such as telecommunications equipment - will exceed $4 trillion in 2021, with devices accounting for $685 billion of that total, according to Gartner. A key driver of industry demand is mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, which is highest in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia and several Eastern Europe nations) and lowest in Africa, according to the International Telecommunications Union. In mature markets, demand is driven by growth in connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT); regions where the devices segment is saturated, IoT is not.

The US telecommunications equipment manufacturing industry includes about 1,300 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $36 billion.


The industry depends on purchases from businesses, telephone companies, cable companies, data communications providers, and TV and radio broadcasters. Profitability for individual companies is linked to technical innovation and the ability to secure high-volume contracts from large customers. Small companies can be successful if they make highly specialized products. There are large economies of scale in manufacturing standard products, but ...

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