Worldwide, carrier capital expenses are expected to reach about $225 billion in 2007, according to Infonetics Research. It also could be the third year in a row that capex has been up in every region of the world. But, $225 billion represents just a 4 percent increase from 2006, when capex was $216 billion, a 13 percent increase from 2005.
Infonetics expects capex increases to flatten out by 2009, and for capex to possibly decline by 2010. Capex runs in cycles, and the current one has a lot to do with carriers upgrading their wireline and wireless broadband networks. The weak U.S. dollar may even be a factor.
- here's Infonetics' announcement of its research