The global telecom towers market is expected to register a CAGR of 17.63% during the forecast period. The telecom tower industry has gained high prominence as an independent industry, mainly in India and the United States. In other parts of the world, tower sharing has been initiated or already in practice, and yet major share of the telecom towers are managed by the telcos. Tower sharing is one of the major growth drivers for the telecom industry, as it significant benefits, such as cost reduction and faster data rollout. Growth in cloud-based services for mobile users and roll-out of 4G LTE services around the world have increased the network investment by carriers, which is driving the demand for the telecom towers market.
The annual data usage through wireless networks has been increasing rapidly, promoting the smartphone penetration considerably. The adoption of broadband services can improve the economy in rural areas by increasing income, creating jobs, and by lowering unemployment rates. Over the last five years, there has been a drastic increase in the number of mobile phones that led to a steady rise in data traffic, gradually. According to the Cisco Virtual Networking Index, global mobile data grew by 63% in 2016, as compared to 2015. Nearly 425 million mobile devices and cellular connections were added in 2016, while smartphones led the growth of these devices. According to Ericsson, the total number of IoT connected devices is expected to reach beyond 20 billion by 2023.
The emergence of new technologies is creating a demand for additional facilities and introduction of new elements. Telecommunication has become essential for the modern society. Monopoles are of two kinds and are prominently used for video surveillance, crime prevention, flood light, and metrological equipment, among others. The monopole market is expected to grow at a faster rate, owing to its aesthetically pleasing structure and its popularity in wireless communication industry.
Asia-Pacific accounts for the highest volume of towers in the market, accounting for around 71.92% of the total towers in 2017. High penetration of smart devices is leading to high consumption of data in developing countries, such as China and India, which is driving the growth of the market in the region. Asia-Pacific accounts for more than 50% of the total internet users across the globe. Asia-Pacific had around 3.05 million towers in 2016, and is expected to increase over the forecast period, with companies like Edotco and OCK Group planning for further expansion.
Major players in the market include: American Tower Corporation, Helios Towers Africa, Bharti Infratel, China Tower Corporation, SBA Communications, AT&T Towers, Crown Castle International Corporation, T-Mobile Towers, GTL Infra