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Asia - Mobile Data, Wireless Broadband Market and Forecasts

Mobile data and wireless broadband services across Asia being driven by FttX, Wi-Fi offload, 3G, LTE and high smartphone adoption

With some three billion Asians using mobile phones - almost half of the number of mobile subscribers in the world – spread across a diverse range of markets, the region is already exploiting its huge potential for mobile data/wireless broadband services.

Growth in mobile wireless internet across Asia has been largely driven by highly competitive markets combined with the arrival of new generation mobile technologies. With 3G and 3G+ platforms spreading rapidly throughout the region, cheaper handset prices and lower airtime tariffs have combined to support the even wider adoption of mobile broadband services.

The developed markets in the region, such as Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, have positioned themselves well to exploit mobile data and broadband wireless opportunities and lead the rest of the region into the next generations of mobile applications. As 3G moves through 3.5G towards 4G/LTE and speeds increase, as service improves and as content providers offer more, we are seeing exponential growth in data usage occurring in the leading markets. Hong Kong is a good example of the explosion in mobile data.

Mobile data usage in Hong Kong – 2002 – 2012
Year (Dec) | Total | Per 2.5G + 3G/4G subscriber
Mbytes
2002 | 42,000 | 0.2
2003 | 247,200 | 0.3
2004 | 2,330,400 | 1.7
2005 | 4,603,700 | 2.5
2006 | 9,076,700 | 4.1
2007 | 32,301,500 | 11.0
2008 | 133,145,700 | 38.1
2009 | 638,388,700 | 127.6
2010 | 1,847,525,600 | 295.6
2011 | 4,133,960,500 | 508.7
2012 (Mar) | 5,045,085,150 | 588.1
(Source: BuddeComm based on OFCA data)

Note: Figures are for December usage each year unless indicated otherwise.

While 3G licensing and the ongoing launch of 3G services in Asia has certainly been providing the basis for growth in wireless data services, 3G has also been providing opportunities for both wireless access and content providers in domestic markets. In South Asia, in particular, more people own a mobile phone than a PC, giving the delivery of mobile data services huge potential there.

Mobile data is not a new phenomenon in Asia. An example of the early widespread adoption of a particular mobile data service in the region has been the Short Message Service (SMS). SMS became very popular throughout Asia ahead of the wider market, with remarkable growth being experienced in particular in the Philippines and Malaysia, as well as in China.

The business plans of the majority of mobile operators have been built on the assumption that the key to further revenue growth lies not just in building customer bases but in the ability to offer more Value-Added Services (VAS) and, most importantly, efficient and effective access to the internet.

An early push in this direction saw Japan’s NTT DoCoMo launched its i-Mode service and its two rivals –SoftBank and KDDI - launched their own versions of i-Mode with dramatic success, with over 80% of mobile subscribers in Japan logging on from a mobile using one of these platforms.

More recent mobile data development in Asia has essentially been built on the 3G and 3G+ technology platforms. As a consequence, right across Asia with the transition to a range of new generation mobile platforms, there has been a major shift from mobile voice to mobile data.

An example of the way in which 3G has been progressively reshaping the mobile markets across the region can be found in Singapore. By July 2012 the number of mobile subscribers had reached 7.9 million for a penetration of 152%; of these subscribers a huge majority, 6.2 million, were signed up to 3G services. That means that just the 3G subscribers alone represented a penetration in excess of 100%. Or, in other words, Singapore had more mobile broadband subscribers than population. We note another big change when we compare 3G with 2G; there has been a major shift from the high level of prepaid 2G subscribers to the postpaid subscriptions for 3G. Even though operators in Singapore are offering prepaid 3G services, a solid 65% of 3G subscribers in that market are in fact postpaid.

Regionally, mobile broadband penetration was around 11% by early 2012. This represented a total of 460 million mobile broadband subscribers across the region; of the markets in Asia, as well as Singapore, South Korea had more mobile broadband subscribers than population; and coming into 2012 Japan was not far behind on 90% mobile broadband penetration.

Almost all markets in Asia had effectively witnessed the licensing and launch of 3G networks by 2012. (Thailand, the last of the significant markets in region to introduce 3G, was continuing to have regulatory and licensing problems.)

In the context of mobile broadband services, mention must be made of 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, it has been a cautious start and significant rollouts have been limited to just a few markets. The technology still continues to be strongly supported at this stage of its development. The big question is whether it will become a mass market platform or simply satisfy a niche market need. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia are WiMAX markets to watch.

Key operators in the region have been investing heavily in WiFi and the deployment of femtocells for mobile network offload. South Korea for example, has seen an 11-fold jump in mobile data traffic over a one year period and WiFi traffic accounting for a third of all mobile traffic. Leaders in mobile data usage, there is a new drive for NFC chips in smartphones which will further drive data usage.

Coming into 2012 Singapore was following on the path of South Korea (and Hong Kong) in adopting initiatives to enable 3G traffic to be more easily offloaded to WiFi. A major capacity upgrade to the Singapore’s free public WiFi network, Wireless@SG, was set to commence together with a plan to enable mobile devices to switch seamlessly between the mobile and Wireless@SG networks.

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


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
  • AFGHANISTAN
    • BACKGROUND
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Mobile banking
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Background
      • Bidding process
      • Service launch
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2015; 2020
      • Table Afghanistan Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • ARMENIA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • 4G-LTE
      • Wireless broadband
  • AZERBAIJAN
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Trunk Mobile Radio (TMR)
      • Third Generation (3G) services
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • WIMAX
      • AzQtel
    • FORECASTS -MOBILE MARKET - 2015; 2020
      • Table Azerbaijan Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • BANGLADESH
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Table Mobile operators in Bangladesh - 2011
      • 2G licences
      • 3G licences
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Mobile broadband
      • Mobile services - university admissions
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
    • WIMAX
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Bangladesh Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • BHUTAN
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
        • Table Bhutan B-Mobile's 3G subscribers - 2008 - 2009
      • B-Mobile
        • Table Bhutan B-Mobile's subscribers - 2003 - 2010
      • Tashi InfoComm
  • BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • DSTCom
        • Table Brunei Darussalam DSTCom mobile subscribers - 1999 - 2011
      • B-Mobile
        • Table Brunei Darussalam B-Mobile mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2012
  • CAMBODIA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • 3G service restrictions
    • MOBILE DATA OPERATORS
      • Overview
      • Cambodia GSM (MobiTel)
        • Table Cambodia GSM (MobiTel) subscribers - 1998 - 2011
        • Table Cambodia MobiTel: 3G subscribers - 2006 - 2010
      • Hello Axiata
        • Table Cambodia Hello Axiata subscribers - 1998 - 2011
      • AZ Communications
      • Viettel (Metfone)
        • Table Cambodia Viettel (Metfone) subscribers - 2009 - 2011
      • CadComms (QB)
        • Table Cambodia Cadcomms (QB) subscribers - 2008 - 2011
      • GT-Tell (Excell)
      • Latelz (Smart Mobile)
        • Table Cambodia Smart Mobile subscribers - 2011 - 2012
      • VimpelCom (Beeline Cambodia)
        • Table Cambodia Beeline Cambodia subscribers - 2009 - 2011
    • WIMAX
      • Overview
      • Frequency licensing problems
      • Smart
      • Digital Star
    • LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE) NETWORK
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Cambodia Forecast mobile subscriber growth - 2015; 2020
  • CHINA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Table China Mobile data revenues - top three countries - 2009
      • Table China Mobile mobile data service user growth - 2004 - 2010
      • Table China Mobile and China Unicom mobile VAS revenue - 2009
      • Table China Mobile and China Unicom mobile VAS revenue - 2010
      • Table China Mobile value-added business revenue breakdown - 2006 - 2010
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Growth of text messages (SMS) in China and annual change - 2000 - 2011
        • Table China Mobile SMS usage volume and annual change - 2003 - 2011
      • Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • Push-to-Talk (PTT)
      • M2M
    • MOBILE TV
      • Overview
      • Market size
      • Mobile TV standards
      • Mobile TV developments
    • MOBILE APPLICATIONS
      • Market overview
        • Table China Leading mobile value added services by subscribers and penetration - 2010
      • M-commerce
      • M-payment
      • Mobile gaming
      • Instant Message (IM) search services
      • Mobile music
      • Mobile internet
        • Table China Mobile internet subscribers and annual change - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Mobile internet use in China - 2008 - 2010; USA and Japan - 2009
        • Table Mobile internet use among urban Chinese youth - 2008 - 2010; USA and Japan urban youth - 2009
        • Table China Mobile - mobile internet use - 2010 - 2011
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background
      • 3G Licences
      • 3G Investments
      • 3G developments
      • 3G statistics
        • Table 3G subscribers in China - 2008 - 2013
    • 3G TECHNOLOGIES
      • TD-SCDMA
        • Table China Mobile - TD-SCDMA datacard packages - May 2011
        • Table China 3G usage fee comparison - April 2009
      • WCDMA
      • CDMA2000
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) MOBILE
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Wireless local area networks (WLANs)
      • WiFi
      • World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
      • Multi-carrier Wireless Internet Local Loop (McWiLL)
      • Wireless Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI)
    • FORECAST:MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS 2011-2013; 2017
      • Forecast: Total mobile subscribers 2011-2013; 2017
        • Table China Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower band forecast - 2012 - 2013; 2017
        • Table China Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher band forecast - 2012 - 2013; 2017
      • Forecast: 3G mobile subscribers
        • Table China Forecast 3G mobile subscribers and share of mobile market - 2012 - 2013, 2017
      • Forecasting methodology
  • GEORGIA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background and licensing
      • 3G mobile statistics
        • Table Georgia 3G mobile subscribers and market share - 2008 - 2011
        • Table Georgia 3G mobile operators and subscribers - 2009
    • WIMAX
      • Warid Telecom Georgia
      • VTel Georgia
      • MagtiCom
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2015; 2020
      • Table Georgia Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • HONG KONG
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short message service (SMS)
        • Table Hong Kong SMS messages sent and received - 2002 - 2011
        • Table Hong Kong SMS statistics for Christmas Day and New Years Day - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Hong Kong SMS statistics for Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year Day - 2006 - 2012
      • Mobile data usage
        • Table Hong Kong Mobile data usage - 2002 - 2012
    • MOBILE CONTENT
      • Background
      • Mobile phone versus smartphone usage
        • Table Hong Kong Top 10 activities on mobile phones versus smartphones - 2010
      • Smartphones and tablets
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile music
      • Stock trading
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Licensing
      • 3G launches
      • 3G statistics
        • Table Hong Kong 3G mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2011
    • LTE (LONG-TERM EVOLUTION)/4G
      • 4G launches - CSL
      • 4G launches - China Mobile Hong Kong
      • 4G launches - Hutchison and PCCW
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
    • FORECASTS
      • Forecast total mobile and 3G subscribers - 2012-2013; 2017
        • Table Hong Kong Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher band forecast - 2012 - 2013; 2017
        • Table Hong Kong Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower band forecast - 2012 - 2013; 2017
  • INDIA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Market overview
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table India SMS traffic by technology and subscriber - 2010 - 2011
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • i-mode
      • BlackBerry
      • Mobile TV
      • Mobile content
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background
      • Handsets
      • 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 - May 2010
      • BSNL and MTNL
      • Analysis: consequences of the 3G auction
      • Roll-outs and developments
      • Future
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Table India Wireless broadband subscribers - 2003; 2006 - 2011
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
      • WiMAX spectrum auctions
      • LTE
      • Mobile wireless
      • Satellite
    • FORECASTS -MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table India Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • INDONESIA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Table Indonesia Mobile subscribers - 1995 - 2012
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • Mobile TV
      • Blackberry
      • Mobile advertising
      • Mobile banking
      • Village Phone Program (VPP)
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Initial licensing process
      • Second 3G auction
      • Launch of 3G services and beyond
        • Table Indonesia 3G mobile operators and subscribers - March 2009
      • Expansion and marketing of 3G services
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Table Indonesia Wireless broadband subscribers - 2003; 2006 - 2011
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
      • WiMAX spectrum auctions
      • LTE
      • Mobile wireless
      • Satellite
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET: 2015; 2020
      • Table Indonesia Forecast of mobile subscribers and penetration rates - 2015; 2020
  • JAPAN
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Market background
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Japan Prepaid mobile subscribers - December 2010
      • SMS
      • Wi-Fi
      • Mobile Internet
        • Table Japan Mobile Internet subscribers, services and technology by provider - February 2012
        • Table Japan Mobile Internet subscribers by providers - 2004 - 2011
        • Table Japan Mobile Internet subscribers - 2000 - 2012
    • MOBILE CONTENT
      • Global Positioning System (GPS)
      • Mobile payment
      • Mobile banking
      • Mobile contactless payment (NFC)
      • Mobile advertising
      • Mobile TV and radio
      • Mobile ringtone and music downloads
      • Mobile social gaming
    • MOBILE APPLICATIONS
      • Earthquake alerts
      • Personal trainer
      • QR code readers
      • Environmental sensors
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Table Japan 3G mobile subscribers by operator - February 2012
      • Table Japan 3G subscribers - 2004 - 2013
    • LTE (LONG-TERM EVOLUTION)/4G
      • Table Japan Long-term evolution (LTE) roadmap in Japan - 2008 - 2012
      • Table Japan LTE subscribers - 2010 - 2013
      • Table Japan NTT DoCoMo LTE roadmap - 2011 - 2013; 2015
    • LTE-ADVANCED
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
        • Table Japan WiMAX subscribers - UQ Communications: 2009 - 2012
      • Broadband Internet via satellite
    • FORECAST:MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS 2011-2017
      • Forecast: Total mobile subscribers 2011-2017
        • Table Japan Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower band forecast - 2011 - 2013; 2017
        • Table Japan Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher band forecast - 2011 - 2013; 2017
  • KAZAKHSTAN
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Third Generation (3G)
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
      • Trunk Mobile Radio (TMR)
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Overview
      • WiMAX
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2015; 2020
      • Table Kazakhstan Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates - 2015; 2020
  • KYRGYZSTAN
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Mobile data
  • LAOS
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE SERVICES
      • Table Laos 3G mobile subscribers and annual change - 2008 - 2009
      • 3G operators
        • Table Laos Tigo's mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2011
      • Sky Telecom
    • WIMAX
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Laos Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • MACAU
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Mobile statistics
        • Table Macau Mobile subscribers total and prepaid and penetration rate - 1990 - 2013
        • Table Macau Mobile subscribers by operator and annual change - March 2009
        • Table Macau Mobile subscribers 2G and 3G - 2007 - 2013
        • Table Macau Local SMS statistics: Christmas, Lunar and New Years holidays - 2008 - 2012
    • 3G OPERATORS
      • Compahnia de Telecomunicações de Macau (CTM)
        • Table Macau CTM mobile, fixed-line and broadband subscribers and ARPU: 2007 - 2011
      • 3 Macau (Hutchison Telecom Macau)
      • SmarTone Mobile Communications (Macau) Ltd
      • China Telecom
    • FORECAST MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2012-2013; 2017
      • Table Macau Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - higher band: 2012 - 2013; 2017
      • Table Macau Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2012 - 2013; 2017
  • MALAYSIA
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background
      • Bidding and auction
      • Network planning and development
      • Service launch
        • Table Malaysia 3G mobile subscribers and market share - 2006 - 2009
      • Further development
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • MOBILE VIRTUAL NETWORK OPERATORS (MVNOS)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Services (SMS)
        • Table Malaysia SMS volume and subscriber ratio - 2002 - 2011
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Mobile TV/Video-on-Demand (VoD)
      • Blackberry
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • M-commerce (micropayments)
      • Airline services
    • MOBILE DATA OPERATORS
      • Axiata
        • Table Malaysia Axiata's total mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2011
        • Table Malaysia Axiata's major shareholders -June 2012
      • Celcom
        • Table Malaysia Celcom mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Malaysia Celcom - prepaid and postpaid subscribers - 2011 - 2012
        • Table Malaysia Celcom ARPU - prepaid and postpaid - 2008 - 2012
        • Table Malaysia Celcom's mobile broadband subscribers - 2008 - 2012
      • Maxis Communications
        • Table Malaysia Maxis at a glance - December 2011
        • Table Malaysia Maxis capital expenditure - 2007 - 2011
        • Table Malaysia Maxis mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Malaysia Maxis mobile subscribers - prepaid, postpaid, - 2011
        • Table Malaysia Maxis mobile ARPU - prepaid, postpaid, wireless and blended - 2007 - 2011
        • Table Malaysia Maxis' mobile broadband subscribers - 2009 - 2011
      • Digi Communications
        • Table Malaysia DiGi at a glance - December 2010
        • Table Malaysia DiGi's major shareholders - March 2011
        • Table Malaysia DiGi mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Malaysia DiGi's ARPU - prepaid, postpaid, blended - 2008 - 2011
        • Table Malaysia DiGi mobile subscribers - prepaid v. postpaid - 2011
        • Table Malaysia DiGi capital expenditure - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Malaysia DiGi service revenue - proportion of voice v. data - 2009 - 2011
      • U Mobile
        • Table Malaysia U Mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2011
      • Time dotCom
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Background development
        • Table Malaysia Wireless hotspots and hotspot subscribers - 2005 - 2011
      • WiMAX: 2.3GHz licences
      • WiMAX: other developments
      • WiMAX operators
        • Table Malaysia Packet One WiMAX subscribers - 2009 - 2012
        • Table Malaysia YTL's WiMAX subscribers - 2011 - 2012
    • INTERNET VIA SATELLITE
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Malaysia Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • MALDIVES
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE DATA OPERATORS
      • Dhiraagu (DhiMobile)
        • Table Maldives DhiMobile subscribers - 1998 - 2011
      • Wataniya Telecom
        • Table Maldives Wataniya subscribers - 2006 - 2011
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
      • Mobile broadband
        • Table Maldives Mobile broadband subscribers - 2011 - 2012
    • SATELLITE INTERNET
  • MONGOLIA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • 3G SERVICES
    • IPTV AND MOBILE TV
    • MOBILE DATA OPERATORS
      • MobiCom
      • SkyTel
      • Unitel
      • G-Mobile
  • MYANMAR
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) DEVELOPMENT
      • Mobile services
    • WIMAX
  • NEPAL
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G)
      • Table Nepal 3G mobile subscribers - 2008 - 2010
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G)
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
    • M-COMMERCE
    • MOBILE DATA OPERATORS
      • Nepal Telecom (NT)
        • Table Nepal NDCL's mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2011
      • NCell (formerly Spice Nepal)
        • Table Nepal NCell's mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2011
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE MARKET - 2015; 2020
      • Table Nepal Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • NORTH KOREA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • KORYOLINK 3G NETWORK
      • Table North Korea Koryolink quarterly revenue, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, capex - 2009 - 2011
      • Table North Korea Koryolink quarterly subscribers, MoU and ARPU - 2009 - 2011
  • PAKISTAN
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) LICENCES
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
      • Blackberry
      • Mobile TV
      • M-commerce / mobile banking
      • Innovation in mobile financial services
    • MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Mobilink (PMCL)
        • Table Pakistan Mobilink (PCML) subscribers - 2000 - 2012
      • Ufone (PTCL)
        • Table Pakistan Ufone (PTCL) subscribers - 2001 - 2012
      • Telenor Pakistan
        • Table Telenor Pakistan subscribers - 2005 - 2012
      • Warid Telecom
        • Table Pakistan Warid Telecom subscribers - 2005 - 2012
      • Zong
        • Table Pakistan Zong subscribers - 2000 - 2012
      • Instaphone (Pakcom)
        • Table Pakistan Instaphone (Pakcom) subscribers - 2000 - 2010
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiMAX
        • Table Pakistan WiMAX subscribers - 2008 - 2012
      • Internet via satellite
    • FORECAST - MOBILE MARKET - 2015; 2020
      • Table Pakistan Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • PHILIPPINES
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • Long Term Evolution (LTE) /Fourth Generation (4G) networks
      • AppBridge project
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
        • Table Philippines Total SMS messages - 2003 - 2011
      • Multimedia Message Service (MMS)
      • Mobile TV
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Content development
      • M-commerce
    • MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Overview
        • Table Philippines Mobile market share - major operators - 2011
        • Table Philippines Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - 2011
        • Table Philippines Mobile subscribers by operator - 2009 - 2011
      • PLDT's acquisition of Digitel
      • Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
        • Table Philippines PLDT mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2012
        • Table Philippines PLDT - monthly ARPU by operator/contract type - March 2012
        • Table Philippines Smart mobile subscribers - 2010 - 2012
        • Table Philippines Smart - prepaid and postpaid subscribers - March 2012
        • Table Philippines Smart - prepaid and postpaid ARPU - March 2012
        • Table Philippines Talk `N Text subscribers - 2002 - 2012
        • Table Philippines Red Mobile (CURE) subscribers - 2009 - 2012
      • Globe Telecom
        • Table Philippines Globe Telecom subscribers - 2001 - 2011
        • Table Philippines Globe Telecom - subscribers prepaid v. postpaid - 2011
      • Digitel/Sun Cellular
        • Table Philippines Digitel subscribers - 2005 - 2012
        • Table Philippines Digitel - prepaid and postpaid subscribers - March 2012
      • Other operators
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Market overview
      • Rural services
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile services
    • INTERNET VIA SATELLITE
    • IP NETWORKS
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Philippines Forecast mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
  • SINGAPORE
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • MOBILE NETWORKS
      • GSM
      • Third generation (3G)
        • Table Singapore Third generation licensees, spectrum and vendors
        • Table Singapore 3G mobile subscribers - 2005 - 2011
      • High-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)
      • Fourth generation (4G) and long-term evolution (LTE)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Background
      • Mobile TV
    • MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Singapore Telecom (SingTel)
        • Table Singapore Major shareholders in SingTel - May 2011
        • Table SingTel's regional subsidiaries and shareholdings - 2010
        • Table SingTel - Singapore market - key operational statistics - 2011
        • Table SingTel mobile subscribers - 1998 - 2011
        • Table SingTel 3G mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2011
        • Table SingTel Mobile - key operational statistics - 2011
        • Table SingTel Mobile - ARPU - 2010 - 2011
        • Table SingTel - ARPU for mobile services - postpaid and prepaid - 2003 - 2011
        • Table SingTel's fixed broadband subscribers - 2005 - 2011
        • Table SingTel's mio TV subscribers - 2009 - 2011
        • Table SingTel's regional mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2011
        • Table SingTel's mobile subscribers by regional markets - 2011
      • StarHub Pte Ltd
        • Table Singapore Major shareholders in StarHub - February 2012
        • Table Singapore StarHub - key operational statistics - 2010 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub - proportion of revenue by market segment - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub mobile subscribers - 2000 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub 3G mobile subscribers - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub - operating revenue and capital expenditure - 2008 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub - key operational statistics - postpaid and prepaid - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub - ARPU for mobile services - postpaid and prepaid - 2003 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub's fixed broadband subscribers - 2003 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub - ARPU for broadband services - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub Cable TV subscribers - 1996 - 2011
        • Table Singapore StarHub cable TV ARPU - 2003 - 2011
      • MobileOne
        • Table Singapore Major shareholders in Mobile One - February 2011
        • Table Singapore MobileOne subscribers - 1998 - 2011
        • Table Singapore MobileOne 3G subscribers - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Singapore Mobile One - operating revenue and capital expenditure - 2008 - 2011
        • Table Singapore Mobile One - mobile subscribers, market share and ARPU - 2011
        • Table Singapore MobileOne - ARPU for mobile services - postpaid and prepaid - 2002 - 2011
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Table Singapore Wireless broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2011
      • The Wireless@SG initiative
      • LTE
  • SOUTH KOREA
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Market overview
      • Wireless Internet NIDA survey 2010
        • Table South Korea Purpose of using mobile phone wireless internet - 2009 - 2010
        • Table South Korea Wireless internet device usage - 2010
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • M-commerce/m-payment
      • 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
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • Analogue (AMPS)
      • Personal Communication Service (PCS)
      • Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA)
        • Table South Korea CDMA mobile subscribers by operator - 2002 - 2011
      • Wideband CDMA (WCDMA)
        • Table South Korea WCDMA subscribers by operator - December 2011
      • LTE
        • Table South Korea LTE mobile subscribers by operator - 2011 - 2012
      • Smartphones
        • Table South Korea Smart phone subscribers and market share - 2009 - 2011
        • Table South Korea Forecast smart phone and tablet PC subscribers and market share - 2010 - 2015
    • MOBILE OPERATORS
      • KT Corp
        • Table South Korea KT at a glance - December 2011
        • Table South Korea KT Corp revenue, net profit, capex - 2008 - 2011
        • Table South Korea KT Corp capex - 2010
        • Table South Korea KT Corp's IPTV subscribers - 2006 - 2012
        • Table South Korea KT Corp's WiBro subscribers - 2007 - 2011
        • Table South Korea KT Corp's mobile and 3G subscribers and total market share - 2004 - 2012
        • Table South Korea KT's Voice and data ARPU - 2004 - 2011
        • Table South Korea KT's smartphone subscriber trend - Q4 2009 - Q1 2012
      • SK Telecom
        • Table SK Telecom at a glance - December 2011
        • Table SK Telecom revenue, net profit, capex, EBITDA margin - 2005 - 2011
        • Table SK Telecom mobile and 3G subscribers, ARPU - 2002 - 2011
      • LG U+
        • Table South Korea LG U+ at a glance - December 2011
        • Table South Korea LG U+ revenue, net income, EBITDA - 2009 - 2011
        • Table South Korea LG U+ revenue breakdown by service - 2009 - 2011
        • Table South Korea LG U+ capex - 2009 - 2011
        • Table South Korea LG Telecom mobile subscribers, ARPU - 2003 - 2012
        • Table South Korea LG Telecom fixed-line (PSTN and VoIP) subscribers - 2005 - 2012
        • Table South Korea LG U+ broadband subscribers - 2004 - 2012
        • Table South Korea LG U+ IPTV subscribers - 2007 - 2012
      • Fourth mobile operator to enter market?
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN)/Wireless Fidelity (WiFi)
      • WiBro
        • Table South Korea KT and SK Telecom WiBro subscribers - 2006 - 2011
        • Table South Korea KT and SK Telecom WiBro domestic investment plans - 2006 - 2011
        • Table South Korea Comparison of WiBro and mobile technologies in South Korea
    • FORECAST:MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS 2012- 2013; 2017
      • Table South Korea Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration lower band forecast - 2011 - 2012; 2017
      • Table South Korea Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration higher band forecast - 2011 - 2012; 2017
  • SRI LANKA
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background
      • Licences and service launch
        • Table Sri Lanka 3G mobile operators and subscribers - March 2009
      • Development of 3G
    • FOURTH GENERATION (4G) / LONG TERM EVOLUTION (LTE)
    • SATELLITE MOBILE
      • MTN Networks
      • Mobitel
      • Dialog Telekom
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND/WIMAX
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Sri Lanka Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2015; 2020
  • TAIWAN
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Background
      • 3G roll out
    • 4G AND LTE
    • MOBILE SERVICES
      • Prepaid cards
        • Table Taiwan - Prepaid mobile subscribers - market share - 2001 - 2010
      • SMS message volume, WAP and GPRS subscribers
        • Table Taiwan - SMS message volume and revenue, WAP and GPRS subscribers - 2001 - 2011
      • Mobile internet
        • Table Taiwan - Mobile internet subscribers - 2001 - 2010
      • Mobile TV
        • Table Taiwan Mobile TV trial broadcasters
      • Mobile value-added services
      • Mobile banking
      • NFC payments
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Mobile operator comparison
        • Table Taiwan - Mobile operators, subscribers and annual change - December 2011
      • Net additions per mobile operator comparison
        • Table Taiwan - Mobile subscribers, net additions by operator - 2011
      • ARPU per mobile operator comparison
        • Table Taiwan - Mobile subscribers, market share and ARPU by operator - December 2011
      • 3G mobile operator comparison
        • Table Taiwan - 3G mobile subscribers and market share - December 2011
    • MOBILE OPERATORS
      • CHT - mobile network - overview
        • Table Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2011
        • Table Taiwan - Chunghwa Telecom's blended mobile ARPU - 2001 - 2011
      • Far EasTone - background
        • Table Taiwan - Far EasTone revenue, EBITDA, capex, net profit and ARPU - 2003 - 2012
        • Table Taiwan - Far EasTone mobile subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2011
        • Table Taiwan - Far EasTone selected operational data - 2006 - 2011
        • Table Taiwan KG Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2006
      • Taiwan Mobile - background
        • Table Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile revenue and net profit - 2003 - 2012
        • Table Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile revenue breakdown per business segment - 2011
        • Table Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile subscribers and annual change - 1998 - 2011
        • Table Taiwan - Taiwan Mobile selected operational data - 2006 - 2011
      • Asia Pacific Broadband Wireless (APBW)
        • Table Taiwan - APBW mobile subscribers and annual change - 2003 - 2011
      • VIBO Telecom
        • Table Taiwan - VIBO Telecom mobile subscribers and annual change - 2005 - 2011
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • Fixed-line and mobile broadband subscriber statistics
        • Table Taiwan - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers by technology - 2003 - 2012
        • Table Taiwan - Fixed-line and wireless broadband subscribers and penetration - 2003 - 2013
      • WiMAX
        • Table Taiwan 2.5GHz spectrum winners - 2007
    • FORECAST 3G MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS - 2011; 2017
      • Table Taiwan - Forecast 3G mobile subscribers and penetration - lower band: 2011 - 2012; 2017
      • Table Taiwan - Forecast 3G mobile subscribers and penetration - higher band: 2011 - 2012; 2017
  • TAJIKISTAN
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) MOBILE
      • Table Tajikistan 3G mobile subscribers by operator - March 2009
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • Babilon Mobile
      • Indigo Tajikistan
      • Somoncom
      • Tacom
      • TK Mobile
      • TT Mobile
      • Tcell
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiMAX
  • THAILAND
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • CDMA
      • PCT service
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • Third Generation (3G) mobile
      • Fourth Generation (4G) / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Overview
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Message Service (MMS)
    • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
      • Overview
      • Mobile TV
    • WIRELESS INTERNET
      • WiFi
      • WiMAX
    • FORECASTS
      • Overview
      • Forecasts - mobile subscribers - 2015; 2020
        • Table Thailand Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rate -2015; 2020
  • TURKMENISTAN
    • THIRD GENERATION (3G) SERVICES
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MTS-Turkmenistan (formerly Barash Communications Technologies (BCT))
        • Table Turkmenistan MTS mobile subscribers - 2005; 2007 - 2010
        • Table Turkmenistan MTS mobile ARPU - 2004 - 2005; 2008 - 2010
      • TM Cell (Altyn Asyr)
        • Table Turkmenistan TM Cell mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2011
  • UZBEKISTAN
    • MOBILE DATA
      • Long Term Evolution (LTE) / Fourth Generation (4G)
    • MOBILE OPERATORS
      • MTS-Uzbekistan (formerly Uzdunrobita)
        • Table Uzbekistan MTS (Uzdunrobita) mobile subscribers - 1998 - 2011
      • Unitel
        • Table Uzbekistan Unitel mobile subscribers - 1998 - 2010
        • Table Uzbekistan Unitel's mobile ARPU - 2006 - 2008; 2010
      • UCell (Coscom)
        • Table Uzbekistan UCell (Coscom) mobile subscribers - 2007 - 2011
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiMAX
  • VIETNAM
    • MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
      • GSM and CDMA
      • Third Generation (3G) services
        • Table Vietnam 3G mobile subscribers by operator - March 2010
      • 4G / Long Term Evolution (LTE)
    • MOBILE DATA SERVICES
      • Short Message Service (SMS)
      • Multimedia Message Service (MMS)
      • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
      • Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
      • International remittances
    • MOBILE APPLICATIONS
    • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
      • VNPT
        • Table Vietnam VNPT subscribers - 1998 - 2010
      • Mobifone
        • Table Vietnam Mobifone subscribers - 1998 - 2010
      • Vinaphone
        • Table Vietnam Vinaphone subscribers - 1998 - 2010
      • S-Fone (S-Telecom)
        • Table Vietnam S-Fone subscribers - 2003 - 2010
      • Viettel
        • Table Vietnam Viettel subscribers - 2004 - 2011
      • EVN Telecom (formerly VP Telecom)
        • Table Vietnam EVN Telecom subscribers - 2006 - 2010
      • Vietnamobile (formerly Hutchison Vietnam/HT Mobile)
        • Table Vietnam HT Mobile (CDMA) subscribers - 2006 - 2009
        • Table Vietnamobile (GSM) subscribers - 2009 - 2010
      • GTel Mobile (Beeline)
        • Table Vietnam Beeline subscribers - 2009 - 2011
    • WIRELESS BROADBAND
      • WiFi
      • World Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX)
    • SATELLITE INTERNET
    • FORECASTS - MOBILE SERVICES - 2015; 2020
      • Table Vietnam Forecast mobile subscribers and penetration rates - 2015; 2020
  • GLOSSARY OF ABBREVIATIONS

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