APAC accounts for half of all mobile subscribers: GSMA

Study shows region will continue to grow through 2020

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region now accounts for half of all mobile subscribers worldwide, the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) states in its latest report.

The study said the region will remain one of the world’s fastest growing mobile markets through 2020 and beyond.

The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2014 report showed there were 1.7 billion unique subscribers in the region at the end of 2013, which accounts for half of the global 3.4 billion mobile subscriber base.

The number of APAC subscribers is expected to grow by 5.5 per cent a year until 2020, reaching 2.4 billion. The only region expected to grow faster was sub-Saharan Africa. APAC is expected to grow to 4.8 billion subscribers by 2020.

GSMA director general, Anne Bouverot, said the region is at the forefront of mobile subscriber growth, service and innovation.

“Innovation in the region is happening at many levels, from leading the way in advanced super-fast mobile services in mature markets to providing essential services such as education, healthcare and banking in the developing world. In every case, mobile operator investments are helping drive economic growth and creating jobs.”

According to the GSMA, the majority of APAC mobile subscribers are concentrated in four major markets, including China, India, Japan and Indonesia. Combined, these countries account for over a third of the global subscriber base.

China is the world’s largest mobile market. As of the end of 2013, it had 630 million unique mobile subscribers, or around 46 per cent of the country's population. According to GSMA, there were 1.13 billion active mobile connections in China at the end of 2013, meaning millions of Chinese subscribers use more than one SIM or device.

The study showed the region incorporates a diverse range of mobile markets. GSMA intelligence classes countries like Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea as ‘digital pioneers.’ This is due to adoption of 4G technology and new products. The study also mentioned ‘discoverer’ markets such as India, where operators are focusing on expanding networks to rural areas and offering affordable mobile broadband services.

GSMA said the mobile industry contributed $US864 billion to APAC’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013. This was equivalent to 4.7 per cent of total GDP in the region. The industry directly supported 3.7 million jobs and contributed $US 82 billion in public funding. GSMA predicts the sector to be an even greater economic driver, contributing more than 6.9 per cent to the region’s GDP and directly supporting over 6.1 million jobs.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags asia pacificmobilityapacmobile usagemobile subscribersGDP

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Chris Player
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?