United States

Telecommunications in USA

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. / US), is a federal republic composed of 50 states, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. 

The US has sixteen territories in the Caribbean Sea, the south Pacific Ocean, and the western portion of the north Pacific Ocean. Five of them are permanently inhabited and are classified as unincorporated territories. The other eleven are small islands, atolls, and reefs with no native or permanent population.

The United States Minor Outlying Islands consist of eight areas in the Pacific Ocean; Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Palmyra Atoll, and Wake Island, along with Navassa Island in the Caribbean Sea.

According to latest ITU data (June 2018) mobile coverage reaches 99.9% of the US population, and 4G LTE accessible by 99.8%. 

Region
The Americas
Northern America
Government Policy
International Communications and Information Policy CIP
ITU Region
Region-2
Spectrum Regulator
Federal Communications Commission FCC
United States of America world map

ITU Analysis

Telecommunications is a well-established sector in the United States, with all segments under competition and penetration levels that are among the highest encountered for all services. Service pricing is extremely competitive in the United States, representing a mere fraction of regional and global averages.

Despite being at a substantially more advanced development stage, the telecommunications sector in the United States still has barriers to overcome, notably the digital divide represented by the diverging access to broadband between urban and more remote areas in the country. Investment and infrastructure development remain a constant in the sector, as operators strive to employ new telecommunications technologies and provide better service. Aside from the traditional public–private partnerships, tech companies have also partnered to roll out state-of-the-art networks, such as Facebook and Microsoft uniting forces to build the MAREA, a submarine cable across the Atlantic.

Technology Developers

Airspan is a developer of LTE small cell and backhaul technologies. Established originally in 1992 as a product division of DSC Communications, Airspan became a standalone company in 1997 and today has more than 1000 customers in over 100...

Cambium Networks enables service providers; enterprises; governmental and military agencies; oil, gas and utility companies; Internet service providers; and public safety organizations to build powerful communications networks, reach users...

Cisco Systems, Inc. designs and sells a range of products, provides services and delivers integrated solutions to develop and connect networks around the world. The Company operates through three geographic segments: Americas; Europe, the...

Cradlepoint is a Boise, Idaho, company with a mission of enabling customers to Connect Beyond the limits of wired networks. We unlock the transformative power of today’s LTE and 5G cellular networks to provide an agile, reliable, and...

Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) creates effortless networking experiences that enable all of us to advance. We push the boundaries of technology leveraging the powers of machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics, and automation...

Connectivity is at the heart of Facebook's mission of giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Together with hundreds of partners around the world, we're exploring new ways to bring fast, reliable...

Intel Corporation is the world's second largest semiconductor chip manufacturer, behind Samsung, and is engaged in designing and manufacturing computing products and technologies.

NETGEAR is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and...

Nextivity, Inc. develops and sells in-building cellular coverage technology products and solutions. The Company helps wireless subscribers and increases radio frequency network capacity for mobile network operators. Nextivity operates in...

Qualcomm was co-founded by Irwin M. Jacobs, Andrew Viterbi, Harvey White, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, and Franklin Antonio in 1985 and is headquartered in San Diego, California with worldwide presence.

Semtech Corporation, incorporated in December 1960, is a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products. The Company designs, develops and markets a range of products for commercial applications, which are sold into the...

Ubiquiti Networks is focused on democratising network technology on a global scale — aggregate shipments of nearly 85 million devices play a key role in creating networking infrastructure in over 200 countries and territories around the...

Manufacturers

Belden Inc., a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets.

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) helps design, build and manage wired and wireless networks around the world. As a communications infrastructure leader, we shape the always-on networks of tomorrow. For more than 40 years, our global team of greater than 20,000 employees, innovators and technologists have...

Laird Connectivity designs, develops, manufactures, and supports wireless systems solutions and performance materials for wireless and other advanced electronics applications. Its wireless systems solutions include infrastructure antenna systems, embedded wireless modules, telematics and wireless...

Mobile Mark, Inc. is a leading supplier of antennas to wireless companies throughout the world. They offer innovative designs, quality manufacturing, and reliable performance. Many of their products feature innovative, patented designs, available only from Mobile Mark.

Superior Essex International LP manufactures a broad portfolio of wire and cable products and accessories, including premises copper and optical fiber cables, Outside Plant (OSP) copper and fiber cables, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) cables and accessories that service the Enterprise, Commercial...

Times Microwave Systems (TMS) is a subsidiary of Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH) and part of the Amphenol Military and Aerospace (AMAO) division.  Times design and manufacture high performance coaxial cables, connectors, and cable assemblies for military, aerospace, telecommunications, industrial...