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Search engine shows who is dominant in telecoms to global energy sector

15 April 2014

BackChannel’s latest survey probes the world’s energy business and identifies the leading operators in providing IP services to energy companies in every region

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Level 3 leads provision of IP services to the western European energy market.
German company BCC, owned by energy company EWE, is high in the list

You can download BackChannel’s data from here (Excel spreadsheet, 13.8 meg):
http://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/pdf/BackChannel_energy_2014_survey.xlsx 
All data copyright © BackChannel 2014
For more about BackChannel go here http://www.backchannel.co.uk/
 
Earlier BackChannel surveys:
Level 3 leads provision of IP services to world's financial services companies  ...   17 Feb 2014 
Fragmented market for $1 trillion worth of telecoms business  ...   11 Jul 2012
  
 
Operators from the US, the UK and Germany dominate the energy market, according to the latest research by BackChannel, conducted for Global Telecoms Business. And this is not surprising, as energy companies from the same three countries also dominate the market.

UK-based research company BackChannel will be conducting regular surveys for GTB of telecoms operators’ market share in a number of major industries.

For the first BackChannel report, published in the January/February issue, the company surveyed 15,912 different IP services used by companies in the financial services sector.

In this issue the company has researched the energy industry. To be eligible for inclusion in any of the surveys, users have to be owned by one of the Fortune Global 500 companies — the universe of company data that BackChannel has used in previous research for Global Telecoms Business.

The aim of all the surveys is to identify the type of service, the customer, the service provider and the location of the IP services delivered.

As with previous surveys by BackChannel, this research, carried out exclusively for GTB and published here for the first time, uses BackChannel’s own in-house search engine technology to discover the use of IP services by different organisations.

BackChannel identified 70,836 total IP services delivered by ISPs and telecoms operators to Fortune Global 500 companies operating in the energy industry.

The research shows that services are provided to more than 19,000 locations in the US and 6,500 in the UK, with about two thirds of the total number of locations in the top 12 countries and one third in all the rest of the world.

Dominant operators

In terms of service providers, US-based operators are hugely dominant. BackChannel found that fully 45% of all IP services to the energy industry are delivered by US companies.

AT&T leads in providing IP to the North American energy business, with 12% of all services identified by BackChannel, followed by Cogent at 9% and Level 3 at 8%. A total of 17 companies share 64% of the business, with around 80 others identified by BackChannel as having at least some measurable activity.

Level 3 leads the western European energy market, says BackChannel, with small UK-based operator euNetworks in a surprising second place. In third place is the low-profile German company BCC — largely unheard of outside the energy sector, but the fact that it is owned by German energy company EWE is likely to be a reason for its high profile in the BackChannel research.

European incumbents Deutsche Telekom, BT and Telefónica are in fourth, fifth and sixth places in providing IP services to the western European energy business.

Energy company

BCC is also prominent in central and eastern Europe, coming in second place in BackChannel’s survey — and this may be attributable to the fact that EWE has energy interests in Poland and Turkey. Number one in central and eastern Europe is GTS Central Europe — though Deutsche Telekom agreed in November 2013 to buy GTS for €546 million.

The Asia Pacific market is dominated by well known industry giants, with China Telecom in joint first place, even though it has little business outside mainland China; it shares its lead with Korea’s LG Telecom. Each of those is more than twice as big as their nearest rivals, Pacnet, SingTel, KDDI and SK Telecom each with 6% of the market, followed by AT&T on 5%.

In Central and South America, Telefónica takes a healthy 20% of the business, according to BackChannel, far ahead of Level 3, in second position with 13%. BackChannel identified more than 15 other IP service providers with 1% of more of the business: it’s clearly a market dominated by Telefónica and a small number of other large providers.

BackChannel also analysed the hugely diversified Russian market. There, four Russian operators appear in the top eight of IP service providers to the energy sector in Russia, with three US companies and Deutsche Telekom picking up the rest of the business. 
 
BackChannel found around 50 other operators with smaller percentages of the business, headed by NTT and Sprint. 
You can download BackChannel’s data from here (Excel spreadsheet, 13.8 meg):
http://www.globaltelecomsbusiness.com/pdf/BackChannel_energy_2014_survey.xlsx 
All data copyright © BackChannel 2014
For more about BackChannel go here http://www.backchannel.co.uk/
 
Earlier BackChannel surveys:
Level 3 leads provision of IP services to world's financial services companies  ...   17 Feb 2014 
Fragmented market for $1 trillion worth of telecoms business  ...   11 Jul 2012
  




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