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.
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.