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Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/13/2013 -- The line between mobile communications – voice services as opposed to broadband services – is becoming blurred by the rapid uptake of smartphones.
This makes it more difficult to produce reports with a clear delineation between the two sectors. This report concentrates specifically on the mobile broadband developments and therefore, in the developed mobile communication markets in particular, it does not include statistical and other information on the underlying mobile communication part of the market – for example, general statistics on mobile subscribers and revenues. That information can be found in our other report on this market: Asia - Mobile Voice Market.
That information can be found in our other report on this market: Asia - Mobile Voice Market: The countries covered in this report include: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam. Complete report available at http://www.marketreportsonline.com/300876.html.
Importantly, 4G/LTE already has a significant presence in the Singapore market. The three mobile operators all launched a form of 4G in 2012 and have since been rapidly expanding their coverage at a rate that will see a full national presence by end-2013.
Regionally, overall mobile broadband penetration was around 16% by early 2013. This represented a total of 640 million mobile broadband subscribers across the region and the number of mobile broadband subscribers was growing at around 40% annually. Of the markets in Asia, as well as Singapore, both South Korea and Japan had more mobile broadband subscribers than population coming into 2013.
In the context of mobile broadband services, we should not ignore the WiMAX platform. Whilst there has been some activity in the providing of fixed WiMAX networks, the real test has been the advent of mobile WiMAX. The roll-out of WiMAX-based mobile services in Asia has begun; however, significant rollouts have been limited to just a few markets. The technology is looking more and more like a platform suited for niche markets. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia have notable WiMAX roll outs. Buy a copy of this report at http://www.marketreportsonline.com/contacts/purchase.php?name=300876.
Key operators in the region have been investing heavily in WiFi and the deployment of femtocells for mobile network offload. South Korea for example, saw an 11-fold jump in mobile data traffic over a one year period and WiFi traffic accounting for a third of all mobile traffic. Leaders in mobile data usage, there is a drive for NFC chips in smartphones which will further drive data usage.
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