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2008 Asia - Mobile Communications Statistics (tables only)

This report provides 262 tables of mobile communications statistics covering 34 countries in Asia. Data for North Korea has not been included due to its paucity and unreliability.

After a period in which Asia’s mobile industry has been one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world, in relative terms a slowdown has occurred, especially in many of the leading national markets in the region. By September 2007, the region had amassed 1.25 billion mobile subscribers. After a period where annual subscriber growth rates have been well in excess of 50%, the rate has slowed to between 20% and 30% and was running at around 26% coming into 2008. At the same time, overall regional penetration had reached 34%, suggesting that there was still a lot more room for growth in markets throughout the region. By September 2007, Asia was home to just over 40% of the world’s 3.3 billion mobile subscribers.

There have also been a number of newcomers to the surging mobile growth pattern in Asia, notably Pakistan and Bangladesh, with markets expanding by 103% and 104% respectively in 2006. Then, there were the ‘surprise packets’, the Central Asian markets, which had a group of stand-out performers coming into 2007. While obviously coming off low subscriber bases, growth rates in this sub-region were being headed up by Turkmenistan (147%) and Uzbekistan (137%).

Asia has not only been dynamic in terms of growth; it has also been a leader in innovation with such products as NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode in Japan and the widespread application of SMS. It also offered a useful test bed in the lead up to the introduction and development of 3G services in their various forms. The innovation continued with DoCoMo launching its mobile credit card service in early 2006. By 2007, Asia was also looking enthusiastically at such developments as mobile TV.

Each country’s mobile telephone environment is characterised in its own unique way. However, across Asia, certain consistent patterns have emerged:

  • opening up of local markets with the awarding of licences to new mobile operators;
  • incumbent telecom operators achieving high growth as they worked to win larger market share before new operators built their networks and launched their services;
  • as the new operators started expanding, highly competitive markets resulted, with corresponding decreases in tariffs and increase in value added services;
  • falling ARPU for basic mobile services;
  • increasing ARPU for value-added mobile services.
Growth has been spurred by industry deregulation, liberalised foreign ownership laws and the ability to build networks rapidly and economically. A significant fall in the cost of handsets has also contributed to strong growth. The launch of new entrants and fierce competition in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand has resulted in many benefits flowing to customers, including better service and lower prices.

Data in this report is the latest available at the time of preparation and may not be for the current year.


1. aSIAN oVERVIEW
1.1 Subscribers
1.1.1 Prepaid subscribers
1.2 Mobile penetration
1.3 Mobile technologies


2. Afghanistan
2.1 Country overview
2.2 Subscribers
2.3 Operator statistics


3. Armenia
3.1 Country overview
3.2 Subscribers and operator statistics


4. Azerbaijan
4.1 Country overview
4.2 Subscribers and operator statistics


5. Bangladesh
5.1 Country overview
5.2 Subscribers
5.3 Operator statistics


6. Bhutan
6.1 Country overview and subscribers


7. Brunei Darussalam
7.1 Country overview
7.2 Subscribers
7.3 Operator statistics


8. Cambodia
8.1 Country overview
8.2 Subscribers
8.3 Operator statistics


9. China
9.1 Country overview
9.2 Subscribers and general statistics
9.3 Operator statistics
9.3.1 General statistics
9.3.2 China Mobile
9.3.3 China Unicom
9.3.4 Little Smart
9.4 Mobile data
9.5 Operator statistics mobile data
9.5.1 General statistics
9.5.2 China Mobile - mobile data
9.5.3 China Unicom - mobile data


10. Georgia
10.1 Country overview
10.2 Subscribers
10.3 Operator statistics


11. Hong Kong
11.1 Country overview
11.2 Subscribers
11.3 Mobile revenue
11.4 Operator statistics
11.4.1 General statistics
11.4.2 PCCW
11.4.3 Hutchison
11.4.4 SmarTone
11.4.5 Sunday
11.5 Mobile data


12. India
12.1 Country overview
12.2 Subscribers
12.3 Mobile revenue and ARPU
12.4 Operator statistics


13. Indonesia
13.1 Country overview
13.2 Subscribers
13.3 Operator statistics
13.3.1 General statistics
13.3.2 Telkomsel


14. Japan
14.1 Country overview
14.2 Subscribers
14.3 Operator statistics
14.3.1 General statistics
14.3.2 NTT DoCoM
14.3.3 KDDI
14.3.4 Au
14.3.5 TU-KA


15. Kazakhstan
15.1 Country overview
15.2 Subscribers
15.3 Operator statistics


16. Kyrgyzstan
16.1 Country overview
16.2 Subscribers
16.3 Operator statistics


17. Laos
17.1 Country overview
17.2 Subscribers
17.3 Operator statistics
17.3.1 General statistics
17.3.2 LaTelecom


18. Macau
18.1 Country overview
18.2 Subscribers
18.3 Operator statistics


19. Malaysia
19.1 Country overview
19.2 Subscribers
19.3 Mobile revenue
19.4 Operator statistics


20. Maldives
20.1 Country overview
20.2 Subscribers
20.3 Operator statistics


21. Mongolia
21.1 Country overview
21.2 Subscribers
21.3 Operator statistics


22. Myanmar
22.1 Country overview
22.2 Subscribers
22.3 Operator statistics


23. Nepal
23.1 Country overview
23.2 Subscribers
23.3 Operator statistics


24. Pakistan
24.1 Country overview
24.2 Subscribers
24.3 Mobile Revenue and ARPU
24.4 Operator statistics


25. Philippines
25.1 Country overview
25.2 Subscribers
25.3 Mobile revenue
25.4 Operator statistics
25.4.1 General statistics
25.4.2 PLDT statistics
25.4.3 Globe Telecom statistics


26. Singapore
26.1 Country overview
26.2 Subscribers
26.3 Mobile revenue and ARPU
26.3.1 ARPU per operator
26.4 Operator statistics
26.5 Mobile data


27. South Korea
27.1 Country overview
27.2 Subscribers
27.3 Operator statistics
28. Sri Lanka
28.1 Country overview
28.2 Subscribers
28.3 Operator statistics


29. Taiwan
29.1 Country overview
29.2 Subscribers
29.3 Mobile revenue and ARPU
29.4 Operator statistics
29.4.1 General statistics
29.4.2 Taiwan Mobile
29.4.3 Chunghwa Telecom
29.5 Mobile data


30. Tajikistan
30.1 Country overview
30.2 Subscribers
30.3 Operator statistics


31. Thailand
31.1 Country overview
31.2 Subscribers
31.3 Mobile revenue and ARPU
31.4 Operator statistics


32. Timor Leste
32.1 Country overview
32.2 Subscribers


33. Turkmenistan
33.1 Country overview
33.2 Subscribers
33.3 Operator statistics


34. Uzbekistan
34.1 Country overview
34.2 Subscribers
34.3 Operator Statistics


35. Vietnam
35.1 Country overview
35.2 Subscribers
35.3 Mobile revenue
35.4 Operator statistics

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