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The third year in a row of capex cuts in China!

April 02, 2018  | Subscribers Only

Stéphane Téral Stéphane Téral Executive Director – Research and Analysis, Mobile Infrastructure & Carrier Economics

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After the 2015 LTE rollout peak that pushed China’s total capex to the roof at RMB439B—including RMB162B for LTE alone, the three service providers made it clear that they would slow down their spending dramatically, and indeed they slammed the brakes! The end goal is to bring capital intensity (e.g., capex-to-revenue ratio) somewhere between sustainable levels of about 24% and healthy levels of 15%; those benchmarks come from western telecom companies, of course, and became fundamental to driving the recovery after the telecom crash of 2000. Clients, please log in to view the full content.

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