Wireless Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturing Industry Profile

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Companies in this industry produce radio and television broadcast and wireless communications equipment. Major companies include Apple and Cisco (both based in the US); as well as Ericsson (Sweden); Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, and ZTE (China); Nokia (Finland); and Samsung (South Korea).

Worldwide, wireless phone and data service subscriptions total close to 8 billion - an average of more than one subscription per person, according to GSMA Intelligence. Mobile adoption is slowing as more markets become saturated, but developing regions still hold potential for growth. Of the 600 million new added connections between 2020 and 2025, two-thirds will come from Asia Pacific and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The US wireless telecommunications equipment manufacturing industry includes about 700 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $25 billion.

The industry is part of the Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturing sector, which is covered further in a separate industry profile.


Demand is driven by evolving networking technology that enables new applications and services. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and bringing new products to market quickly. Large companies enjoy economies of scale in purchasing raw materials, components, and manufacturing equipment. Smaller companies can compete effectively by specializing in niche products or components. The US industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for about 90% of revenue.

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