NAICS Code 51731 Wired and Wireless Telecommunications Carriers




This industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in operating, maintaining, and/or providing access to switching and transmission facilities and infrastructure that they own and/or lease for the transmission of voice, data, text, sound, and video using wired and wireless telecommunications networks. Transmission facilities may be based on a single technology or a combination of technologies. By exception, establishments providing satellite television distribution services using facilities and infrastructure that they operate are included in this industry.

Cross References

Establishments primarily engaged in
  • Producing and distributing a channel of television programming for cable or satellite television systems: classified in Industry 51521, Cable and Other Subscription Programming
  • Producing and distributing radio programs for cable or satellite radio systems: classified in Industry 51511, Radio Broadcasting
  • Reselling telecommunications services (except satellite telecommunications), without operating a network, and/or operating as mobile virtual network operations (MVNO): classified in Industry 51791, Other Telecommunications
  • Operating and maintaining satellite networks and/or reselling satellite telecommunications services: classified in Industry 51741, Satellite Telecommunications
  • Providing Internet access services via client-supplied telecommunications connections (e.g., dial up ISPs): classified in Industry 51791, Other Telecommunications
  • Providing voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services via client-supplied telecommunications connections: classified in Industry 51791, Other Telecommunications
  • Providing limited Internet connectivity at locations known as Internet cafes, in combination with other services such as facsimile services, training, rental of on-site personal computers, game rooms, or food services: classified in Industry 56143, Business Service Centers, or Subsector 722, Food Services and Drinking Places, depending on the primary activity
  • Operating coin-operated pay telephones: classified in Industry 81299, All Other Personal Services.

Illustrative Examples

  • Wireless telephone communications carriers, except satellite
  • Wireless Internet service providers, except satellite
  • Telecommunications carriers, wired
  • Direct-to-home satellite system (DTH) services
  • Cable television distribution services
  • Wireless telecommunications carriers, except satellite
  • VoIP service providers, using own operated wired telecommunications infrastructure
  • Satellite television distribution systems
  • Cellular telephone services
  • Broadband Internet service providers, wired (e.g., cable, DSL)

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