A new report from Pyramid Research says Everything Everywhere, the company behind the merged Orange and T-Mobile UK businesses, has become the country's telecom market leader. It estimates that 21% of total UK telecom market revenue will come from the new company.
The new report expects the UK telecom market to generate a total of $376 billion (£243 billion) in revenue between 2010 and 2015, driven by investments in new high-speed broadband access infrastructure, 3G+ network upgrades and coverage expansion. UK mobile data revenue will grow at a CAGR of 12.7% between 2010 and 2015, when it will account for 47.5% of total mobile revenue.
Stela Bokun, the report's author, said "The UK mobile market, which hosts four mobile operators and a number of MVNOs, has gone through major turmoil with the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in 2010. The two operators, which had roughly 21% of the market share of subscriptions each in 2009, have formed a new entity, Everything Everywhere, which now controls around 42% of the mobile services market. As the two operators begin to benefit from economies of scale achieving a number of operational synergies, their share of subscriptions will see a significant rise of roughly 4 percentage points by 2015 and their share of the total UK telecom service revenue will grow by 3 percentage points by 2015".