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International Telecommunications Data Report (2005)

This is the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) annual report compiling data on telecommunications service between the United States and international points.  The data compiled in this report are for the year 2005.  The data are compiled from reports submitted to the FCC by U.S. carriers pursuant to Section 43.61 of the Commission's rules.  Section 43.61(a) directs carriers to file reports by July 31 which summarize international telecommunications service provided during the preceding calendar year.  Carriers submit corrections of the data by October 31.  The specific filing requirements are set forth in the Manual for Filing Section 43.61 Data (June 1995).

Statistical Findings  

  • U.S. billed minutes increased 10.0% from 63.7 billion in 2004 to 70.1 billion in 2005. 
  • In 2005, eighty U.S. facilities-based and facilities-resale carriers together reported that they billed $7.4 billion for international telephone service, and $738 million for international private line and other miscellaneous services, compared to $8.7 billion, and $723 million respectively, in 2004. 
  • U.S. carrier’s net settlement payments – the amount paid to foreign carriers to compensate those carriers for completing calls – decreased from $3.6 billion in 2004 to $3.1 billion in 2005.  
  • Retained revenues – revenues billed by U.S. carriers, less settlement amounts owed to foreign carriers for U.S. billed traffic, plus settlement amounts due to U.S. carriers for foreign-billed traffic – decreased 13.3% from $5.8 billion in 2004 to $5.0 billion in 2005.
  • Pure resale providers resell the services of underlying U.S. facilities-based and facilitiesresale carriers.  The number of reporting carriers grew from 799 in 2004 to 838 in 2005. Pure resale minutes grew from 38.6 billion in 2004 to 46.6 billion in 2005.  Billed revenues increased from $5.2 billion in 2004 to $5.8 billion in 2005.

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