Wholesale Telecom Market Size & Share, by Service Type (Data & Internet Services, Voice & Messaging Services); End-User (Telecom Operators, Internet Service Providers, Content Providers); Operator Type (Domestic, International) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2024-2036

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  • Published Date: Jun 07, 2024
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2024 - 2036

Wholesale Telecom Market size was over USD 411 Billion in 2023 and is likely to exceed USD 1101.5 Billion by the end of 2036, growing at over 9.6% CAGR during the forecast period i.e., between 2024-2036. In the year 2024, the industry size of wholesale telecom is evaluated at USD 526 Billion.

The market growth is attributed to the globalization of businesses due to which there is a rise of reliable, high-capacity communication services which stimulate the market growth. According to a recent report, in 2020 there were around 7.7 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide. Moreover, with the interconnectedness of businesses, companies expand their businesses globally which led to a rise in the demand for wholesale telecom carriers. In addition, there is a rise in the demand for data services due to the expansion of digital technologies, and the Internet of Things which stimulate market growth.

Moreover, wholesale telecom carriers such as VoIP solutions, mobile network operators, and data roaming services are significant in meeting the high data demand across the various sectors.

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Wholesale Telecom Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Increase in adopting cloud-native software - There is an increase in the number of wholesalers who use cloud-native technologies which assist wholesalers in automating business procedures among service providers to streamline customer support. Moreover, with the help of cloud-native software, wholesale telecom providers are anticipated to expand their operations to meet the fluctuating demand and include new features with better services that stimulate market growth.

    Additionally, to deal with changes in demand, wholesalers can scale their operations accordingly which is only possible by cloud-native software that boosts the wholesale telecom market growth. According to a recent report, by 2025, more than 95% of the new digital application workload will be deployed on cloud-native platforms, up from 30% in 2021.
  • Emergence of global rapid 5G network integration - To meet the growing demand for high-speed connectivity is possible due to the rapid 5G network integration which stimulates market growth. Moreover, with 5G network will make it easy to control remote devices due to its higher speed and low latency. In addition, 5 G offers faster and more reliable internet connection for mobile devices through mobile broadband which further makes it suitable for streaming 4K video.

    Furthermore, there are some futuristic benefits of 5G network integration which is anticipated to boost the wholesale telecom market. These benefits include new ways of communicating, remote, real-time collaboration, and increased device density which enables a mass number of connected devices in a given area. According to a recent report, as of 2023, there were 1.9 billion 5G subscriptions worldwide.
  • Rising adoption of digital technology - Industries are undergoing significant changes due to technological developments in telecommunication networks which are anticipated to boost the market growth. Moreover, with the expansion of technological developments, industries modified how they operate and provide services, and the lives of end-users have significantly improved due to these technological changes.

    In addition, the wholesale telecom sector plays a crucial part in digital transformation as it is supported by AI, robotics, and augmented and virtual reality. Furthermore, the way telecom industries are making investments in technology has changed how money and information are spreading across the world economy. Moreover, end-users have access to real-time information, and markets that impact their lives due to the global connected network that stimulates the wholesale telecom market.


  • Increasing security threats - Cyber-attacks are rising which pose a significant challenge for the wholesale telecom industry. Moreover, with the expansion of digital networks, sensitive data is more prone to cyber threats and data security and privacy are at risk.
  • Strict regulatory compliance - There is strict regulatory compliance across regions as it can hamper the wholesale carrier market and impact the overall operational efficiency. In addition, the high level of capital investments and high license fees with continuous technological changes lead to complexity in existing infrastructure.

Wholesale Telecom Market: Key Insights

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Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2023)

USD 411 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2036)

USD 1101.5 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Wholesale Telecom Segmentation

Service Type (Data & Internet Services, Voice & Messaging Services)

Data and internet services segment is set to hold over 56% wholesale telecom market share by the end of 2036. The segment growth can be attributed to the rising demand for data and internet services among users and it also ensures profit of wholesale telecom providers.

Moreover, many users rely on the internet connection for communication to entertainment which is anticipated to boost the segment growth. In addition, the growing popularity of OTT platforms and other video streaming services that depends on high-bandwidth connections leads to stimulating segment growth. According to a recent report, the estimated number of internet users worldwide was 5.4 billion worldwide in 2023.

End-User (Telecom Operators, Internet Service Providers, Content Providers)

By 2036, telecom operators segment is likely to hold more than 51% wholesale telecom market share. The segment growth can be attributed to the factor that the telecom operators play a crucial role in providing various telecom services to their consumers such as voice, data, and roaming. Moreover, telecom providers are significantly investing in better technology which includes 5G network expansion, and fiber optic networks that will create a huge base of clients in the market.

Furthermore, the investment in cutting-edge technology is significant for delivering high-speed and efficient quality connections to consumers which boosts the segment growth.

Our in-depth analysis of the wholesale telecom market includes the following segments:

            Service Type

  • Data & Internet Services
  • Voice & Messaging Services


  • Telecom Operators
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Content Providers

            Operator Type

  • Domestic
  • International

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Wholesale Telecom Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast

North American region in wholesale telecom market is anticipated to hold revenue share of more than 43% by 2036. The regional growth is attributed to the factor that there is a well-advanced telecommunication infrastructure with continuous development going on in the telecom industry. North America region has many wholesale voice carriers that lead to boost the market growth.

The US has a significant role in the wholesale telecom industry due to its advanced network capabilities and large consumer base. The county has a large number of multinational corporations and major technological hubs that further promote international voice communication services. According to a source, of the 2,190 MNCs, 719 are based in the US, representing approximately one-third of all companies.

In Canada, ongoing research and innovation in the telecom sector with a flexible regulatory framework stimulate wholesale telecom market growth of wholesale telecom. As per the source, total annual revenues from the provision of telecommunications services in Canada were USD 57.2 billion in 2022.

APAC Market Analysis

The Asia Pacific region will also encounter huge growth for the wholesale telecom market during the forecast period and will hold the second position. The market’s expansion can be attributed to the huge amount of investments made in 5G network infrastructure and an increasing number of mobile phone users. According to a recent report, in 2022, the smartphone adoption rate across the Asia-Pacific region reached 76 percent, an increase from 64 percent in 2019.

India is witnessing huge demand for international voice services due to rising levels of urbanization and expanding economies. In addition, with the expansion of cloud communication, wholesale voice carriers are providing better voice termination services and interconnectivity. Furthermore, businesses are dependent on cloud-based platforms and this leads to partnerships with cloud-based providers to enhance their service offerings. It provides flexibility to wholesale carriers to increase the user base which boosts the growth of wholesale telecom market

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Companies Dominating the Wholesale Telecom Landscape


    The various key players in the wholesale telecom market are AT&T, Telefonica, Tata Communications, Singtel, and Verizon Communications among others.

    • AT & T
      • Company Overview
      • Business Strategy
      • Key Product Offerings
      • Financial Performance
      • Key Performance Indicators
      • Risk Analysis
      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Verizon Communications
    • Telefonica
    • Tata Communications
    • Deutsche Telekom AG
    • Singtel
    • Telia Company
    • Colt Technology Services
    • China Telecom
    • Vodafone Group

In the News

  • Tata Communications - Tata Communications announced the launch of its global-cloud-based 5G roaming laboratory with safety features which enables mobile network operators to trial 5G standalone network use cases before introducing the services to their subscribers. Moreover, the company is promoting 5G for a better mobility experience for mobile network operators that will benefit their consumers. In addition, Tata Communications did a trial in the international mobile roaming experience by launching the cloud-based 5G roaming labs. It will closely monitor the traffic movement and check the network usage to provide a better experience to mobile phone users while roaming.
  • AT&T - AT&T cloud voice integrated with operator connect for Microsoft Teams. With this integration, millions of AT&T Cloud Voice and Microsoft Teams users can use both services to experience business-grade voice calls virtually across the world. In addition, the integration allows businesses to enable and deploy carrier-grade voice service in a team environment.  Furthermore, with millions of user bases, teams act as a backbone for companies to connect their workforce and also engage customers. The integration between AT&T and Microsoft teams delivers flexibility and new opportunities for businesses to adapt to new operating environments by building better connections with employees and customers.

Author Credits:  Abhishek Verma

  • Report ID: 6136
  • Published Date: Jun 07, 2024
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

In the year 2023, the industry size of Wholesale Telecom was over USD 411 billion.

The market size for wholesale telecom is anticipated to cross USD 1101.5 billion by the end of 2036 expanding at a CAGR of 9.6% during the forecast period i.e., between 2024-2036.

The major players in the market are AT&T, Verizon Communications, Telefonica, Tata Communication, Deutsche Telekom AG, Singtel, Telia Company, Colt Technology Services, China Telecom, Vodafone Group, and others.

The service type segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2036 and display significant growth opportunities.

The North American wholesale telecom sector is poised to hold a 43% share by the end of 2036.
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