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GSMA Report Reveals Mobile Is Fuelling Dramatic Growth Across Asia Pacific
Jun 25, 2013 (05:06 PM EDT)
SHANGHAI, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA today published a comprehensive assessment1 of the impact of the mobile industry on the Asia Pacific region2. The new report, 'Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2013', confirms the region's position at the forefront of mobile innovation, with the number of unique mobile subscribers having outpaced the rest of the world over the last decade, reaching 1.5 billion at the end of 2012. In 2017, it is expected that Asia Pacific will reach 1.9 billion unique mobile subscribers, accounting for almost half of the predicted global total of 3.9 billion.
"Mobile is already having a profound impact across all Asia Pacific countries, with spectacular growth in service penetration, driven by investment in infrastructure and continued innovation in devices and services," said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. "We are now at the dawn of a far greater growth opportunity and we urge regional Governments and regulators to support mobile operators in meeting that full potential. Making the right decisions around regulatory frameworks and spectrum availability will encourage the mobile industry to continue investing in expanding and upgrading services across the region."
Mobile Drives Economic Growth
Dawn of a New Mobile Ecosystem
This transformation is creating countless business opportunities in both developed and developing economies and accelerating the availability of mobile-enabled services.
Moving Faster to Reap Benefits
The GSMA is calling for changes that will further enable citizens throughout the region to reap the benefits of mobile. Consistent and fair long-term regulatory frameworks and taxation policies are needed to incentivise, not restrict, investment in mobile and spur regional economic growth and welfare improvement. For example, the Universal Service Obligation Framework (USOF) should be revisited to ensure that goals and levies are aligned to drive the availability of mobile services in areas not yet fully connected by mobile.
The timely availability of spectrum will also be critical in enabling the mobile industry to extend, upgrade and deliver new services. Regional Governments should be led by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standards on the bands and amounts of spectrum made available to mobile operators as they seek to upgrade networks to 3G or 4G services. The drive towards band harmonisation, in line with the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) band plan, is a critical part of this process, as up to 30 per cent of the benefits of the switch from analogue to digital TV broadcasts depend on harmonisation of the 700MHz band across the region.
Bouverot added: "Mobile is already a significant engine for growth and welfare improvement throughout the Asia Pacific region. Now there is a clear opportunity for mobile to further transform lives, create new businesses and drive additional economic growth. If regulators are focused on creating environments that encourage further investment, from both traditional and new mobile players, then this opportunity is well within the reach of all countries with the region, regardless of their level of economic development."
To access the report please visit: www.gsma.com/mobileeconomyasia
Notes to Editors
1The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2013 is the latest in a series of reports covering the region. The report, prepared by BCG for the GSMA, provides an updated and comprehensive analysis of the mobile communications industry across the Asia Pacific region, with the latest statistics and mobile market developments. It is an important reference point for mobile industry members, policy makers and other interested stakeholders. It covers the state of the industry, including the evolution of competition, innovation in new products, services and technologies and the industry's contribution to social and economic development across the region.
2The Asia Pacific region is defined in this report as Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu and Vietnam.
3Amounts for mobile industry investment in infrastructure, GDP and contribution to public funding that were generated within the year 2012.
4In 2012, mobile network operators generated 1.4 per cent of GDP across Asia Pacific, amounting to US $298 billion. The full mobile ecosystem contributed US $351 billion to GDP across Asia Pacific. Mobile technology contributed an additional US $650 billion, or 3 per cent of GDP in 2012, to economic output through improved worker productivity enabled by mobile working. This is a combined total of just over US $1 trillion.
5 This includes value-added tax (VAT) on mobile services, import duties and other special taxes on handsets, corporate taxes applied to the mobile ecosystem revenues, employee taxes paid by people working in mobile ecosystem. When the revenue paid for spectrum licenses is included, the estimated contribution in 2012 exceeded US $225 billion, across the region.
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