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GSMA Mobile Economic Report: Asia Pacific will add 600 million mobile subscribers by 2020

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Mobile ecosystem will contribute 1.3 trillion US dollars to Asia Pacific economy
GSMA released a new research report during the 2016 Mobile World Congress Shanghai. The report shows that the number of mobile subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region reached 2.5 billion at the end of last year, and by 2020 this figure will increase to 3.1 billion. The report entitled "Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific in 2016" also shows that in 2015, 62% of the population in the Asia-Pacific region had registered for a mobile service, and that by 2020 this number will increase further to 75%. . And during this period, it will add another 600 million mobile new users. According to calculations, in 2015, mobile technology and services accounted for 5.4% of the GDP in the Asia-Pacific region, equivalent to the economic value of US$1.3 trillion. By 2020, its economic contribution will increase to 1.7 trillion US dollars.
GSMA President Mats Granryd said: “More than half of the world’s mobile users are in the Asia-Pacific region. From now to 2020, the region will undoubtedly be an important engine for global user growth. Increasing user penetration The rate and the accelerated migration to faster networks and more advanced services will continue to drive innovation and digitization in this diversified regional market, whether it is a mature market or an emerging market. Mobile services are helping the Asia-Pacific region to build A digital society that allows citizens to access the Internet anytime, anywhere, and these digital technologies driven by mobile technology are becoming the main driving force for social and economic development."
Mobile subscribers, mobile broadband and smartphones continue to grow in Asia Pacific
By 2020, there will be 1 billion new independent mobile users in the world, of which 65% will be new subscribers in the Asia-Pacific region, and the subscriber growth rate in the region will still be faster than the average global growth rate2. The total number of users in the four major markets in the region (China, India, Indonesia, and Japan) will account for more than three-quarters of the total number of users in the Asia-Pacific region. It is estimated that by 2020, the Indian market alone will increase by nearly 250 million new users, while other smaller countries, such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Pakistan, will see their subscriber growth not be underestimated.
In 2015, mobile broadband (3G/4G) connections accounted for 45% of the total number of mobile connections in the Asia Pacific region. It is expected that by 2020, this proportion will increase to 70%. The main reasons include the continuous investment of operators in the construction of 4G networks and the constant migration of users to more rapid networks. According to the current development trend, 4G is expected to account for more than one-third of the total mobile connections in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. At the end of 2015, 76 4G-LTE networks and 20 VoLTE networks were already in use in the region. According to the report, in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, the pace of migration to 4G is accelerating. At the same time, 4G pioneers in the region, such as South Korea, Japan, and China, are pushing for the development of 5G mobile technologies to prepare for the deployment of 5G before the advent of 2020.
At the end of 2015, the total number of smartphone connections in the Asia-Pacific region reached 1.7 billion, accounting for 45% of the total number of connections in the region. China, India and Indonesia have been the main drivers of smartphone growth, making the total number of smartphones in the Asia Pacific region double in the past two years. By 2020, the Asia-Pacific region will add another 1.3 billion smart phone connections. By then, the total number of smartphone connections will reach 3 billion, accounting for two-thirds of the total number of connections in the region.
The contribution of the mobile ecosystem to Asian economies continues to increase
In 2015, the mobile industry in the Asia-Pacific region brought in 13 trillion US dollars of economic value, accounting for 5.4% of the Asia-Pacific region's GDP4. As the utilization of mobile services increases and more and more new technologies such as machine-to-machine (M2M) are adopted, the productivity and productivity of the Asia-Pacific region will continue to increase. Therefore, it is estimated that by 2020, the economic value brought by the mobile industry will increase to 17 trillion US dollars.
In 2015, the mobile ecosystem also created 15 million jobs in the Asia-Pacific region, including employment opportunities directly generated by the ecosystem and jobs indirectly driven by the economic activities generated by the ecosystem. In addition to its positive impact on the economy and the labor market, the mobile industry has also made significant contributions to the public sector’s capital income; in addition, it has contributed approximately US$111 billion in general tax revenues to the Asia Pacific region.
The Asian mobile communications industry has also played a leading role in achieving digital convergence and solving the digital divide. According to the report, as of the end of 2015, 1.8 billion people in the Asia Pacific region accessed the Internet through mobile devices, which is equivalent to 45% of the total population in the Asia Pacific region. It is predicted that by 2020, an additional 800 million people in the Asia-Pacific region will be connected to the mobile Internet (63% of the estimated total population). As a result, mobile phones have become an important platform to help achieve digital identities, financial inclusion, and a range of social and development services that contribute to the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)5.
Greg also added: “Mobile phones have become the main tool for expanding access to the Internet and Internet access in Asia. It also brings innumerable economic and social benefits. However, there is still a lot of work to be done. The mobile industry must work with regulators. The cooperation of all parties in the ecosystem will eliminate major obstacles to digital convergence in the Asia-Pacific region, such as the lack of local related content, the possibility of closer prices, and the lack of digital skills."
This new report "Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific 2016" was written by GSMA's research organization GSMA Mobile Think Tank.
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The GSMA represents the common interests of nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide, and is committed to promoting a win-win relationship between operators and nearly 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including mobile phone and device manufacturers, software companies, and equipment suppliers. Internet companies, and related industry organizations. The GSMA is also responsible for organizing industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and Mobile 360 ​​series of thematic events.

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