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GSMA Report: Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2013

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GSMA has published a comprehensive assessment of the impact of the mobile industry on the Asia Pacific region. 

The new report, ‘Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2013, confirms the region’s position at the forefront of mobile innovation, with the number of unique mobile subscribers having outpaced the rest of the world over the last decade, reaching 1.5 billion at the end of 2012.

"Mobile is already having a profound impact across all Asia Pacific countries, with spectacular growth in service penetration, driven by investment in infrastructure and continued innovation in devices and services,” said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA.

In 2017, it is expected that Asia Pacific will reach 1.9 billion unique mobile subscribers,
accounting for almost half of the predicted global total of 3.9 billion.

We are now at the dawn of a far greater growth opportunity and we urge regional Governments and regulators to support mobile operators in meeting that full potential. Making the right decisions around regulatory frameworks and spectrum availability will encourage the mobile industry to continue investing in expanding and upgrading services across the region.”

Mobile Drives Economic Growth

The rapid penetration of mobile services and early roll-out of mobile broadband networks is driving profound economic change. End of 2012, the mobile industry in Asia Pacific had:

  • Invested US $80 billion in mobile infrastructure.
  • Generated US $1 trillion in GDP for Asia Pacific economies.
  • Contributed US $100 billion to public funding.

With access to vital spectrum resources and regulatory policy focused on driving further investment, for the period through 2020, the mobile industry could contribute an additional US $2.3 trillion to GDP and a further US $200 billion to public funding.

Dawn of a New Mobile Ecosystem

The mobile ecosystem in Asia Pacific is undergoing a rapid transformation with traditional telecoms providers expanding their business models and new players quickly emerging to compete for customers with innovative new services. The report highlights a number of key trends:

  • Strong growth of data as voice traffic slows down across the Asia Pacific region, while data usage has grown at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of nearly 142 per cent from 2010 to 2012. 3G and 4G connections will grow 17 percent every year over the next five years;
  • Greater affordability of mobile services. The average monthly cost of mobile services across the region is falling by five per cent per year, decreasing from US $28.80 in 2005 to $19.70 in 2012;
  • Entry of non-traditional players, including the emergence of entrepreneurial start-ups in areas such as mobile advertising and online video sites; and
  • Increased socio-economic impact through collaborative platforms and mobile-enabled services such as mobile payments, education and information services.

This transformation is creating countless business opportunities in both developed and developing economies and accelerating the availability of mobile-enabled services.

Moving Faster to Reap Benefits

The GSMA is calling for changes that will further enable citizens throughout the region to reap the benefits of mobile. Consistent and fair long-term regulatory frameworks and taxation policies are needed to incentivize, not restrict investment in mobile and spur regional economic growth and welfare improvement.

Bouverot added: “Mobile is already a significant engine for growth and welfare improvement throughout the Asia Pacific region. Now there is a clear opportunity for mobile to further transform lives, create new businesses and drive additional economic growth. If regulators are focused on creating environments that encourage further investment, from both traditional and new mobile players, then this opportunity is well within the reach of all countries with the region, regardless of their level of economic development.”

You can download the full report here:


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