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Facts & Figures: Top 10 Telecom Suppliers

By Dave Pheteplace | June 06, 2016

In 2015, Apple was the largest telecom manufacturer worldwide, while Amphenol was the leading supplier of connectors to the telecom industry.


In 2015, the top 10 telecom companies had total revenues of more than $483 billion. Apple’s iPhone sales, at $155.5 billion, were nearly one third of the sales of all top 10 companies.

Apple designs, manufactures, and markets smartphones, personal media devices, and computers. It was initially known for its computers, but today its iPhone sales are three times larger than its computer sales. The company employs more than 110,000 people worldwide.

2015 Telecom Market
Top 10 OEMs

2015 Telecom Top 10 OEMs

Samsung was founded in 1938 in South Korea and focused on food exports. Today, the company’s focus is on electronics including smartphones/tablets, appliances, digital televisions, digital displays, semiconductors, and systems integration. Its 2015 total sales topped $177 billion.

The worldwide demand for connectors in the telecom market was $10.9 billion in 2015, up 1.3% from 2014. China consumed 41% of those connectors by dollar volume.

2015 Telecom Market for Connectors
Sales by Region of the World

Top 10 Telecom Region of the World

Out of the top 100 connector companies, the top 10 companies supplying connectors to the telecom market provide 71% of the worldwide demand for that market (estimated from 2014 sales).

Amphenol has the largest market share at 24% of the telecom market, followed by TE at 13%.

Telecom Market for Connectors
Market Share for Top 10 Suppliers

Telecom Market for Connectors Market Share for Top 10 Suppliers

Bishop & Associates follows 11 public companies in the telecom market on a quarterly basis. In 2015, sales for these companies increased 9.2% over 2014 sales. Profitability increased 9.5% year over year.

Of the 11 companies, Apple had the largest increase in sales in 2015 at 28.9%. Apple was also the largest telecom company in 2015 at $155.5 billion in sales.

2015 Telecom Market
11 OEMs’ Results

2015 Telecom Market 11 OEMs' Results

Telecom connector sales increased 1.3% in 2015. The sales of the 11 companies tracked by Bishop & Associates increased 9.2% in 2015.

Sales information for these connector companies and others can be found in Bishop & Associates’ Top 100 Connector Manufacturers report. Profiles of more than 700 connector companies can be found on Bishop & Associates’ subscribers-only World’s Connector Companies website (www.worldsconnectorcompanies.com). For more information, contact [email protected] or call 630-443-2702.

No part of this article may be used without the permission of Bishop & Associates Inc.

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