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Global Mobile Market - Key Statistics and Insights


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Considering the enormous pressure the economic downturn has placed upon industry growth in general around the world – the mobile sector could well be the envy of other sectors when taking stock of the overall picture. Subscriber growth is still on the rise with the developing markets offering further opportunities for growth; there is a growing demand for higher bandwidth multimedia services offered by smart phones - and around there world there continuing technology developments via the deployment 3G and 4G services. Wireless services are a key area for telecoms industry growth and industry players around the world are competing heavily for a lead position in these developments.

Latest developments:

Despite the positive future ahead for the mobile sector – it must also be acknowledged that many carriers are currently facing financial woes, with stagnating revenues, declining ARPUs and increasing competition from other types of players like Apple. Another looming issue around the world is the allocating of mobile spectrum. The fact that businesses are knocking on the doors of their governments asking for spectrum is a clear indication that this “telco real estate” market is hotting up. In 2013 Android OS is well and truly the leading smart phone operating system with roughly 70% market share.

Key statistical information:

Global mobile subscriptions; Mobile subscribers by region; Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX); Global mobile services revenue; Global top 20 mobile operators by connections; Global top 11 wireless carriers by revenue and subscribers; Global smart phone operating system market share; Regional mobile data traffic growth; Active mobile subscribers in selected African countries; Active mobile penetration in selected African countries; LAC countries mobile subscribers and penetration; Asia mobile subscribers by country; Asia mobile penetration by country.


1. Synopsis
2. Global market summary
3. Global mobile subscriptions
4. Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX)
5. Global mobile service revenue
6. Leading carriers
7. The changing state of the industry
7.1 Mobile data traffic
8. Emerging markets for future growth
8.1 National comparisons
8.1.1 African mobile subscribers and penetration in selected countries
8.1.2 Latin American mobile subscribers and penetration
8.1.3 Asian mobile subscribers and penetration by country
9. Further insights
9.1 Mobile infrastructure running out of steam
9.2 Questions about the robustness of mobile networks
9.3 Fixed Mobile Conversion
9.4 Small cell networks
9.5 Heterogeneous networks
9.6 Muddling along
10. Related reports
Table 1 – Global mobile subscriptions and annual change – 2000 - 2013
Table 2 – Mobile subscribers by region – 2005 – 2012
Table 3 – Global mobile capital expenditure (CAPEX) – 2010 - 2013
Table 4 – Global mobile services revenue – 2012; 2013; 2016
Table 5 – Global top 20 mobile operators by connections – Q2 2012
Table 6 – Global top 11 wireless carriers by revenue and subscribers – 2010; 2011
Table 7 – Global smart phone operating system market share – 2010; 2011; 2012
Table 8 – Regional mobile data traffic growth – CAGR 2012 - 2017
Table 9 – Active mobile subscribers in selected African countries – 2009 - 2012
Table 10 – Active mobile penetration in selected African countries – 2009 - 2012
Table 11 – LAC countries – mobile subscribers and penetration - 2010 - 2012
Table 12 – Asia – mobile subscribers by country – 2008 - 2012
Table 13 – Asia – mobile penetration by country – 2008 - 2012
Chart 1 – Global mobile subscriptions – 2000 - 2013
Chart 2 - Global top 11 wireless carriers by subscribers – 2010; 2011

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