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Asia - Mobile Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Asia - Mobile Broadband - Statistics and Analyses

Asia home to over 50% of world’s mobile broadband services

With some 3.7 billion people across Asia using mobile phones – over 50% of the mobile subscribers in the world – spread across a diverse range of markets, the region is already rapidly advancing in the adoption of mobile data/wireless broadband services.

Asia - mobile services and mobile broadband – subscribers/penetration – 2012 – 2015
Category | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 (e)
Mobile subcriptions
Subscribers | 3,205 million | 3,457 million | 3,663 million | 3,737 million
Penetration | 80.9% | 86.4% | 90.6% | 92.0%
Mobile broadband subcriptions
Subscribers | 605 million | 741 million | 1,201 million | 1,726 million
Penetration | 15.3% | 18.5% | 29.8% | 41.0%
Proportion of mobile subscriber market | 18.9% | 21.4% | 32.8% | 46.2%
(Source: BuddeComm based on ITU data)

As the penetration of mobile services in Asia moved from 80% to 92% in the four years up to 2015, the share of mobile broadband services as a proportion of the still growing mobile subscriber base moved rapidly from 18% to almost 50%. Growth across the region in high speed access to the internet by means of mobile broadband services has been largely driven by highly competitive markets combined with the preparedness of the customer to embrace new generation mobile technologies. With 3G and 3G+ platforms extensively covering the region, mobile broadband services have already become well established.

The rapid take up has been underpinned by increasingly cheaper smartphone prices and lower airtime tariffs combining to support even wider adoption. And now, of course, we have 4G/LTE providing a fresh impetus, not only in the region’s pace-setting markets, but right across Asia.

In the context of mobile broadband services, we should not ignore the WiMAX platform. Whilst there has been some activity in the providing of fixed WiMAX networks, the real test has been the advent of mobile WiMAX. The roll-out of WiMAX-based mobile services in Asia has begun; however, significant rollouts have been limited to just a few markets. The technology is looking more and more like a platform suited for niche markets. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia have notable WiMAX roll outs.

By end-2015 mobile broadband subcriptions in Asia totalled just over 1.7 billion – about 50% of all the mobile broadband subscribers in the world. The number of mobile broadband subscribers in Asia was growing at around 45% annually heading into 2016.


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • REGIONAL ANALYSIS
    • Table Hong Kong - mobile data usage - 2002 - 2015
    • Table Singapore - mobile subscribers - 2G, 3G and 4G, prepaid and postpaid - July 2015
    • REGION MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile broadband subscribers in Asia by country - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Asia - Total mobile broadband subscribers and market share - 2008 - 2015
      • Table Top fifteen countries in Asia by mobile broadband subscribers - 2010 - 2015
  • AFGHANISTAN
    • INTRODUCTION
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Overview
      • Background
      • Bidding process
      • Licensing
        • Table Afghanistan - Awarding of 3G licences - by operator and date - 2012 - 2014
      • Service launches
        • Table Afghanistan - Launch of 3G services - by operator and date - 2012 - 2015
    • 4G / LTE
      • Etisalat's `misleading' 4G claim
    • STATISTICS
      • Table Afghanistan - 3G mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2013 - 2015
  • ARMENIA
    • OVERVIEW
    • 3G
    • 4G / LTE
  • AZERBAIJAN
    • OVERVIEW OF AZERBAIJAN'S MOBILE MARKET
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) SERVICES
      • Licensing process
      • Network launch
      • Additional licences
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • WIMAX
      • AzQtel
  • BANGLADESH
    • OVERVIEW OF BANGLADESH'S MOBILE MARKET
    • WIMAX
      • Background
      • WiMAX licensing
        • Table Licensed wireless broadband access (WBA) operators in Bangladesh - 2014
      • Operations
        • Table Bangladesh - WiMAX subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Third BWA licence
      • TD-LTE (4G) licences
      • Network expansions and roll-outs
      • WiFi
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Bangladesh - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Alokito Bangladesh
      • Ongoing development
  • BHUTAN
    • OVERVIEW OF BHUTAN'S MOBILE MARKET
    • 3G MOBILE SERVICES
    • 4G / LTE MOBILE SERVICES
  • CAMBODIA
    • OVERVIEW OF CAMBODIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • WIMAX
      • Overview
      • Digital Star
    • LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE) NETWORK
      • Digital Star
      • Southeast Asia Telecommunications
      • Smart Axiata
      • Seatel
    • ANGKORNET
  • CHINA
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • PAS/PHS (Little Smart/Xiaolingtong)
        • Table China - Little Smart (PHS) subscribers - 2002 - 2012
      • GSM
      • CDMA
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • Fourth Generation (4G) mobile
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
      • Pre-5G
      • NFC
      • Tower Sharing Joint Venture
    • IOT AND M2MNETWORKS
      • China Mobile
      • China Telecom
      • China Unicom
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table China Mobile 3G and LTE subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Table China Mobile - mobile data traffic - 2010 - 2015
      • Table China Telecom - Monthly Average data Traffic per handset - 2011 - 2015
      • Table China Telecom - Total Handset data traffic - 2012 - 2015
      • Table China Unicom - Total Handset data traffic - 2010 - 2015
      • Table China Unicom - Average data usage per subscriber - 2010 - 2014
      • Table China Unicom - Mobile broadband data card subscribers - 2010 - 2014
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Table China - Utilisation rate and number of users for mobile applications - 2013 - 2014
      • Mobile internet
        • Table China - Mobile internet subscribers and annual change - 2006 - 2014
      • Rich Communication Services (RCS)
      • Mobile gaming
        • Table China - Mobile online gaming users and utilisation rate - 2010 - 2014
        • Table China - Game playing experience of mobile gamers - 2014
        • Table China - Daily average mobile gaming duration - 2014
        • Table China - Amount spent on games - 2014
      • m-commerce
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • Mobile Advertising
        • Table China - Mobile advertising response rates - 2014
        • Table China - Mobile advertising acceptability by targeting criteria - 2014
        • Table China - Preferred mobile advertising format - 2014
      • m-TV
      • Apps
        • Table Apple net sales for Greater China - 2012 - 2015
  • GEORGIA
    • OVERVIEW OF GEORGIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background and licensing
      • 3G mobile statistics
        • Table Georgia - 3G mobile subscribers and market share - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Georgia - 3G mobile operators and subscribers - 2009
    • 4G / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Georgia - Active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2015
    • WIMAX
      • Table Georgia - WiMAX subscribers - 2010 - 2013
  • HONG KONG
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE STATISTICS
      • 3G/4G statistics
        • Table Hong Kong - 3G/4G mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • Mobile data
        • Table Hong Kong - SMS messages sent and received - 2002 - 2014
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Hong Kong - Mobile data usage per person - 2005 - 2015
      • Table Hong Kong - Mobile broadband subscriber penetration - 2009 - 2014
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • GSM, 3G, 4G, 5G
      • Personal communications services (PCS)/2G
      • 3G and High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
      • CDMA
      • CDMA2000
      • LTE (Long-term evolution)/4G
      • Hutchison Telekom (3)
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • GPRS
      • EDGE
      • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
    • IOT AND M2MNETWORKS
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Table Hong Kong - Mobile data usage - 2002 - 2014
      • m-banking (payments/loans)
      • m-TV
  • INDIA
    • OVERVIEW OF INDIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • GSM
      • Table India - GSM mobile subscribers by region/circle - 2012 - 2014
      • Table India - GSM ARPU - 2003 - 2015
      • Table India - GSM ARPU by region/circle, prepaid/postpaid/blended - March 2015
      • Table India - GSM mobile operators, subscribers and market share - March 2015
      • Table India - GSM ARPU by operator grouping, prepaid/postpaid/blended - 2014
      • Table India - GSM ARPU by operator grouping, prepaid/postpaid/blended - 2013
    • CDMA
      • Table India - CDMA 3G commercial deployment in India
      • Table India - CDMA mobile operators, subscribers and market share - 2014
      • Table India - CDMA mobile operators, subscribers and market share - 2013
      • Table India - CDMA ARPU - 2003 - 2015
      • Table India - CDMA ARPU by region/circle, prepaid/postpaid/blended - 2013
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Licensing process
      • Spectrum allocation
      • Auction procedure
      • Auction
        • Table India - 3G auction (2010): Number of licences and total fees paid by operators
        • Table India - 3G auction results: Service area licences by operator - 2010
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
      • Overview
      • Background
      • Reliance Jio Infocomm
      • Bharti Airtel
      • Vodafone
      • Idea Cellular
      • BSNL
    • VOICE-OVER-LONG TERM EVOLUTION (VOLTE)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
    • MOBILE HANDSET / SMARTPHONE / TABLET MARKET
      • Overview
      • Background
    • WIMAX
      • Pilot projects and early networks
      • Licensing process
      • WiMAX spectrum auctions
      • Long Term Evolution (LTE)
      • Mobile wireless
    • SATELLITE
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Market overview
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table India - SMS traffic by technology and subscriber - 2011 - 2014
      • i-mode
      • BlackBerry
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile content
  • INDONESIA
    • OVERVIEW OF INDONESIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • GSM
      • Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background and initial licensing process
      • Second 3G auction
      • Launch of 3G services
      • Expansion and marketing of 3G services
        • Table Indonesia - 3G mobile operators and subscribers - March 2013
      • Further auction of 3G spectrum
    • 4G / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE) SERVICES
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Background
      • WiFi hotspots
      • WiMAX - background
      • LTE / Fourth Generation (4G)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table Indonesia - Smartphone users and penetration - 2011 - 2015
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Mobile TV
      • Blackberry
      • Mobile advertising
      • Mobile banking
      • Village Phone Program (VPP)
      • M2M
      • Near Field Communication (NFC)
  • JAPAN
    • OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Japan -Mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2013
    • DIGITAL NETWORKS
      • PDC
      • CDMA
      • PHS
      • 3G
      • LTE
      • LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • VoLTE
      • NTT DoCoMo's i-mode
    • IOT AND M2MNETWORKS
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Introduction
      • Global Positioning System (GPS)
      • Mobile payment
      • Mobile banking
      • Mobile contactless payment (NFC)
      • Mobile advertising
      • Mobile TV and radio
      • Mobile social gaming
      • Earthquake alerts
      • Health
      • Voice Regognition
      • QR code readers
      • Environmental sensors
    • MOBILE HANDSETS
      • Unlocked handsets
      • iPhone
      • iPads
  • KAZAKHSTAN
    • OVERVIEW OF KAZAKHSTAN'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Third Generation (3G)
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • WIMAX
  • KYRGYZSTAN
    • OVERVIEW OF KAZAKHSTAN'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Third Generation (3G)
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • WIMAX
  • LAOS
    • OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE SERVICES
      • Table Laos - 3G mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2014
    • LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE) / 4GSERVICES
  • MACAU
    • OVERVIEW OF MACAU'S MOBILE MARKET
    • STATISTICS
      • Table Macau - Mobile Internet users - 2012 - 2016
    • GSM
    • WCDMA
    • LTE 4G
    • PUSH-TO-TALK (PTT)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
  • MALAYSIA
    • OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Service launch
        • Table Malaysia - 3G mobile subscribers and market share - 2006 - 2009; 2012 - 2013
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • FIFTH GENERATION (5G) NETWORK DEVELOPMENTS
    • SHORT MESSAGE SERVICES (SMS)
      • Table Malaysia - 3G SMS volume and subscriber ratio - 2002 - 2015
    • MOBILE TV/VIDEO-ON-DEMAND (VOD)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Services (SMS)
        • Table Malaysia - SMS volume and subscriber ratio - 2002 - 2015
      • Mobile TV/Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Smartphones and tablets
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-commerce (micropayments)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
        • Table Malaysia - 3G Wireless hotspots and hotspot subscribers - 2005 - 2014
      • WiMAX operators
        • Table Malaysia - 3G Packet One WiMAX subscribers - 2009 - 2014
        • Table Malaysia - 3G YTL's WiMAX subscribers - 2011 - 2014
  • MALDIVES
    • OVERVIEW OF MALDIVES' MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • 3G
      • 4G/LTE
    • SATELLITE INTERNET
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
  • MONGOLIA
    • OVERVIEW OF MONGOLIA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE DATA
      • SMS and MMS
        • Table Mongolia - SMS traffic - 2000 - 2009; 2012 - 2015
    • 3G SERVICES
      • Table Mongolia - 3G subscribers - 2009 - 2015
      • Table Mongolia - Mobile technologies - subscribers and market share - June 2014
      • Table Mongolia - Mobile broadband internet subscribers - 2010 - 2014
    • WI-FI
  • MYANMAR
    • OVERVIEW OF MYANMAR'S MOBILE MARKET
    • 3G DEVELOPMENT
    • 4G DEVELOPMENT
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Overview
      • m-Banking
    • WIMAX
  • NEPAL
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Nepal - Mobile broadband subscriptions - 2010 - 2015
      • Table Nepal - Mobile internet subscribers - 2011 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LTE
    • M-COMMERCE
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
    • WIMAX
    • WIFI
  • PAKISTAN
    • OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) LICENCES
      • Background
      • Auction - April 2014
      • Licensing
      • Launch
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
      • Licensing
      • Launches
      • Proposed second 3G/4G auction
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • Blackberry
      • Mobile TV
      • M-commerce / m-banking
      • Innovation in mobile financial services
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Table Pakistan - Wireless broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • WiMAX
        • Table Pakistan - WiMAX subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • Internet via satellite
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Pakistan - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2015
  • PHILIPPINES
    • OVERVIEW OF THE PHILIPPINES' MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • Long Term Evolution (LTE) / Fourth Generation (4G) networks
    • STATISTICS
      • Table Philippines - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2012 - 2014 (Source 2)
      • Table Philippines - Wireless broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2014 (Source 1)
    • MOBILE BROADBAND
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
      • Globe Telecom
      • Smart
      • Liberty
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Philippines - Total SMS messages - 2003 - 2014
      • Mobile TV
      • M-commerce
  • SINGAPORE
    • OVERVIEW
      • Table Singapore - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2007-2013
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Overview
        • Table Singapore - Third Generation (3G) licensees, spectrum and vendors
      • 3G services and developments
      • High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG-TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
      • LTE trials
      • Service launch and development
      • LTE-Advanced (LTE-A)
      • Voice over LTE (VoLTE)
      • HetNet Trials
      • Radio Dot System
      • Lampsite Trials
      • Fourth Mobile Operator
    • FIFTH GENERATION (5G) R&D
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short messaging service (SMS)
        • Table Singapore - Total SMS messages per month - 2004 - 2015
      • Payment systems
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Table Singapore - Wireless broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2015
      • The Wireless@SG initiative
      • WiFi Trials
  • SOUTH KOREA
    • OVERVIEW OF SOUTH KOREA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • CODE DIVISION MULTIPLE ACCESS (CDMA)
      • Table South Korea - CDMA mobile subscribers by operator - 2002 - 2013
    • WIDEBAND CDMA (WCDMA)
      • Table South Korea - WCDMA subscribers by operator - June 2013
    • LTE
      • Table South Korea - LTE mobile subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2014
    • VOICE OVER LTE (VOLTE)
    • LTE-ADVANCED (LTE-A)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table South Korea - Monthly Traffic volume per phone type - 2012 - 2014
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • M-commerce/m-payment
        • Table South Korea - M-commerce transaction value - 2012 - 2015
        • Table South Korea - Payment Gateway transaction value - 2012 - 2015
      • Mobile banking (m-banking)
        • Table South Korea - Mobile banking service subscribers - 2003 - 2010
      • Mobile government (m-government)
      • Apps Stores
      • Mobile advertising
      • NFC chips in smartphones
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile learning
      • OTT Voice
  • SRI LANKA
    • OVERVIEW OF SRI LANKA'S MOBILE MARKET
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Sri Lanka - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background
      • Licences and service launch
        • Table Sri Lanka - 3G mobile operators and subscribers - 2009; 2013
      • Development of 3G
    • M-BANKING
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND/WIMAX
    • WIFI
  • TAIWAN
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Taiwan 3G/4G mobile broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2015
      • Personal Handyphone Service (PHS)
      • 3G
      • LTE
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Mobile Internet
        • Table Taiwan - Mobile internet subscribers - 2001 - 2015
      • Mobile TV
        • Table Taiwan - Mobile TV trial broadcasters
      • Mobile value-added services
      • Mobile banking
      • NFC payments
  • THAILAND
    • OVERVIEW
      • 2100MHZ 3G launch marks big change in market
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Overview
        • Table Thailand - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2014
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Message Service (MMS)
      • Mobile payment schemes
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Mobile TV
    • WIRELESS INTERNET
      • WiFi
  • TURKMENISTAN
    • OVERVIEW OF TURKMENISTAN'S MOBILE MARKET
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) SERVICES
  • UZBEKISTAN
    • OVERVIEW
    • STATISTICS
      • Table Uzbekistan - Mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2015
    • MOBILE DATA
      • 3G
      • 4G / LTE
  • VIETNAM
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • MOBILE BROADBAND STATISTICS
      • Table Vietnam - Total 3G mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Table Vietnam - Mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2015
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Overview
        • Table Vietnam - Total international internet bandwidth - 2003 - 2015
      • SMS and MMS
    • GSMAND CDMA
    • 3G
      • Overview
      • Development of 3G
      • Licences
      • Launch of networks
        • Table Vietnam - 3G mobile subscribers by operator - 2014
        • Table Vietnam - Total 3G mobile subscribers - 2012 - 2015
      • Further development of 3G
    • 4G / LTE
      • Overview
      • Development - 2010 - 2014
      • Development - 2015
    • OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • EDGE
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-Commerce
      • M-Banking
      • Mobile Apps
      • Other m-content
    • MOBILE HANDSETS

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