BOONTON, N.J. — In 2008, U.S. ethnic communities will spend $59.8 billion on telecommunications services, accounting for over one-third of all residential telecom expenditures, according to a new market research study from The Insight Research Corporation. The largest minority group, Hispanics, representing 14.8 percent of the total U.S. population, will spend the most. The ability to tap into the increased spending power of the Hispanic-American, African-American, and Asian-American communities will be crucial to the survival of telecommunications providers over the next five years.

Insight Research’s market analysis study, “U.S. Hispanic Use of Telecommunication Services 2008-2012,” takes a close look at the purchasing habits and telecom usage patterns of the Hispanic segment of the U.S. population. The study emphasizes that the U.S. Latino market is not one homogenous market; rather, it is made up of many markets.

Insight Research CorporationThe study reports that 65.5 percent of all Hispanic respondents now have cell phones, that Hispanics’ average monthly household expenditures on cell phone service was more than 80 percent higher than the average household spend on wireline services, and of those Hispanics that own a cell phone, nearly four in five had a post-paid contract.

“The purchasing power that the Hispanic-American, African-American, and Asian-American communities exert in the telecommunications industry is not being ignored,” says Robert Rosenberg, Insight Research. “Yet the cell phone companies that now spend millions of dollars on undifferentiated Spanish-speaking advertising campaigns that blanket the Latino community have missed the boat. The Hispanic community must be addressed with nuanced messaging appropriate to its internal diversity or those cell phone carriers simply won’t survive,” Rosenberg concluded.

“U.S. Hispanic Use of Telecommunication Services 2008-2012” examines spending and usage patterns of U.S. Hispanics for wireline, wireline calling cards, cellular, and pre-paid cellular services, and compares these spending patterns to those of the general population as well as other minority segments, including Asian-Americans and African-Americans.

An excerpt of this Hispanic market research report, table of contents, and ordering information are online at .

This 136-page report is available immediately for $3,995 (hard copy). Electronic (PDF) reports can be ordered online. Visit our website, or call 973/541-9600 for details.

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