The best communication services ETFs

How to invest in the communication sector using ETFs

With sector ETFs, you invest in a specific part of the economy, for example in the communication services sector. The most widely used standard in the financial industry for dividing the economy into sectors is the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS). The major index providers MSCI and S&P use this standard consisting of 11 sectors and 68 assigned industries.

For the classification of listed companies in each sector, the index providers analyse in which business segment companies are generating the majority of their sales and profits. Additionally, the positioning and public perception of a company are also taken into account.
0.25% p.a. - 0.30% p.a.
annual total expense ratio (TER) of communication ETFs
on the communication sector, which are tracked by ETFs
on the communication sector
The best indices for communication ETFs

How do I invest in the communication sector?

An industry or sector index consists of all the companies of a certain sector starting from a parent index. For example, the MSCI World Communication Services 20/35 Custom index tracks all companies from the communication services sector that are included in the MSCI World. A global energy ETF thus gives you the opportunity to invest in the largest telecommunication companies worldwide.

Sector ETFs of this type should not be mixed up with thematic ETFs. Thematic ETFs track a non-standardised industry group and a specific investment theme. We provide you with an overview of the available thematic ETFs here.
justETF tip: You can find out more about sector ETFs in our articles Investing in different sectors via ETFs and What sort of sector ETFs are available?.

Which companies are included in communication services ETFs?

Companies in the telecommunications sector provide communication services, media content, advertising content and computer games. These include network operators, media companies, TV companies, advertising marketers, publishers, communication platforms and video game providers. You can invest in a specific part of the communications sector with E-sports ETFs.

In this investment guide, you will find all ETFs that allow you to invest globally in companies from the communication sector. For a performance comparison of the various ETF sectors, please have a look at our market overview.

MSCI World Communication Services 20/35 Custom performance

1 month: 7.25%
1 year: 38.20%
3 years: 17.39%
5 years: 71.33%

Communication ETFs in comparison

The most important factors at a glance
In the table below we have listed the currently available communication ETFs. Via the "Properties" and "Performance" tabs, you can find detailed information on these ETFs and sort them according to your desired criterion. More information about the different criteria when choosing an ETF can be found in our article on ETF selection.
Fund size
in m GBP
in %
Inception date Use of profits Fund domicile Replication method
Xtrackers MSCI World Communication Services UCITS ETF 1CIE00BM67HR47 285 0.25% p.a. 16/03/2016 Accumulating Ireland Full replication
SPDR MSCI World Telecommunications UCITS ETFIE00BYTRRG40 46 0.30% p.a. 29/04/2016 Accumulating Ireland Full replication
1 month
in %
3 months
in %
6 months
in %
1 year
in %
3 years
in %
5 years
in %
Xtrackers MSCI World Communication Services UCITS ETF 1CIE00BM67HR47 3.64% 13.73% 21.64% 36.44% 21.46% 72.94%
SPDR MSCI World Telecommunications UCITS ETFIE00BYTRRG40 3.84% 13.77% 21.83% 36.61% 21.19% 72.42%

Source:; As of 31/03/2024