Mobile connections to attain six billion milestone worldwide
November 17, 2011 // Jean-Pierre Joosting
The GSMA has announced that global mobile connections will reach six billion by the end of November 2011 and that the Asia Pacific region, a major driving force behind the global mobile sector, accounts for half of these connections.
Tom Phillips, Chief Government and Regulatory Affairs Officer, GSMA commented: "Asia Pacific is one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets, through an impressive combination of investment and innovation. China alone currently has 940 million total mobile connections, exceeding the total number of connections in Europe and the US combined."
The extensive growth in penetration of mobile services in Asia Pacific from just 12 per cent in 2002 to 78 per cent in 2011 is largely due to mobile operators in the region's major markets investing an average of 16.3 per cent of their revenues into capital expenditure, significantly higher than their counterparts in other parts of the world. Other key factors include:
- Investment in Mobile Broadband infrastructure, as many operators across the region are already driving HSPA+/LTE rollouts;
- Cost-effective pre-paid services (84 per cent of Asia Pacific connections versus 66 per in Europe and 15 per cent in USA/Canada);
- Introduction of low-cost handsets and reduction in mobile usage prices;
- Innovative business models including infrastructure sharing and unique distribution strategies, making the expansion of network coverage to rural areas economically viable for operators and consumers; and
- Limited fixed-line infrastructure, driving many consumers to adopt mobile communications.
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