The Global Mobile Market - Industry Statistics and Trends
In 2019 the mobile industry continues to evolve and is moving very fast, especially in terms of mobile technologies and infrastructure developments.
Despite the industry hype and discussion surrounding 5G - there is also still a lot of growth ahead for LTE 4G infrastructure deployment. In 2019 4G still only accounts for around 50% mobile technology market share globally and is required for the impending transition to 5G.
4G LTE is also expected to carry most of the mobile traffic for at least the next decade - alongside a slow transition to 5G. Eventually, however, it will be 5G which will be required to meet the growing demands of the mobile sector especially with the escalating developments in IoT and M2M.
Overall mobile subscriber growth will continue to come from the developing markets with China and India in particular leading this growth, albeit at a slower level than in recent years. Some of the large developed markets are also still experiencing solid growth, with the USA for example remaining strong. AT&T continues its dominance as one the most successful operators worldwide.
The emerging markets are slowly gaining traction in terms of mobile broadband penetration, reaching over 60% while the developed markets have well and truly surpassed 100%.
This BuddeComm report provides useful information and statistics on the current global mobile market including subscriber statistics for both mobile and mobile broadband. It provides global statistics on mobile revenue and CAPEX, mobile data and the leading operators. It discusses key trends influencing the sector, supported by country case studies. For further information on 4G or 5G, see separate reports: BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 4G LTE and WiFi - Global Trends and Statistics; BuddeComm Intelligence Report - 5G Global Trends and Leading Regional Countries.
Mobile penetration continues to vary widely throughout the world in 2019.
There are a large number of multiple mobile device users globally.
It is Asia which is expected to drive future growth in the mobile sector and it already accounts for the most mobile subscribers worldwide.
While 4G LTE has a good penetration in many markets of the world; there are some developing countries where there is still a mix of 2G and 3G networks in use, especially in more rural and poorer districts.
Low cost affordable handsets and second-hand devices are also popular in the emerging markets.
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