South Korea Digital Economy Report

In South Korea widespread adoption of Internet together with the continued pace of development has resulted in a strong digital economy. This report looks at various aspects of the digital economy in South Korea that support the drive to digital services. It includes forecasts to 2017 in fixed-line, mobile, internet and broadband subscribers. See more

Here is a link to more Asian Telecom Reports by individual countries.

Egypt Mobile Market Report

Egypt launched third generation (3G) mobile services in 2007, following the award of the country’s third mobile licence the previous year. The record price that was paid for the licence indicated the potential that is seen in the Egyptian mobile market, and the penetration rate has indeed multiplied since and broke the 100% barrier in 2011. Currently the strongest growth is in mobile broadband services, which offers the network operators new revenue streams. A fourth mobile license may be tendered in 2013.

This report is an overview of the Egyptian Mobile Market, with statistics and forecasts about the major developments in the market and profiles of the companies involved, including 3G mobile broadband growth and ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) trends for the major mobile operators. It also contains an in-depth analysis of the third mobile license valuation and market forecasts to 2013 and 2016.

Telecoms, Mobiles and Broadband in the Caribbean

In most Caribbean countries the telecoms market has been liberalised, with only a few sectors in some island groups remaining monopoly enterprises. Alternative operators are active in within the full range of telecom services. The Caribbean region has a range of small markets with limited potential for growth, yet the main telcos – LIME and Digicel – have shown considerable confidence in the sector, with a willingness to invest in their fixed-line and mobile networks and so encourage consumer use of high-end data services. As such, their expectation is for future revenue streams to be derived from the migration of customers from 2G to 3G and 4G networks, and from basic broadband services to comprehensive bundled offers.

Most island groups continue to suffer from the economic downturn, with fewer tourists than there were before 2009. Yet recent encouraging figures for tourist arrivals, at least in some countries, promise slowly revitalising economies during 2012. This has been supported by funding from the IMF and World Bank in some cases, and by government efforts at economic diversification. Continuing regulatory developments have also focussed on the few remaining monopolies with a view to encouraging market competition. All in all, the telecoms sector is set to continue being one of the Caribbean region’s major growth industries. Read summary here

Broadband Growing in Emerging Markets

Governments of most countries recognise that mobile applications and web services can deliver concrete benefits promoting progress and better education to their population.  New web applications offer huge promise through lower costs and greater coverage to improve the quality of life of the people in emerging economies.

Developing countries cannot afford to miss out on the development, growth and trade opportunities offered by broadband infrastructure. Far beyond the tangible economic benefits realized through broadband infrastructure in jobs, trade and productivity – the information and education services offered by the Internet are now public goods with truly global dimensions.

More information on the views of broadband from various leaders around the world as well as information on the broadband markets of the emerging economies of Russia, India, Gabon, Tonga, Nigeria, South Africa and China available here.

Americans Adopt the Smartphones

In the very competitive and fast-growing smartphone market, the future launch of the new iPhone 4 represents the opportunity to capture market share for Apple. Other manufacturers and platforms within the smartphone market, must rely heavily on brand awareness and positive word-of-mouth to sustain upward momentum in their quest for market share. According to data from comScore MobiLens, smartphone penetration in the U.S. has grown from 11 percent of mobile subscribers in April 2009 to more than 20 percent in April 2010 — nearly double in just one year. The total number of smartphone subscribers now totals more than 48 million.

In early 2010, 3G subscribers accounted for around 13% of all mobile subscribers worldwide. Despite the financial crisis, it is full steam ahead for one of the largest emerging markets – China, which is benefitting from huge investments in 3G network deployment. India is also finalising 3G licensing arrangements despite the regulatory battles that have hindered developments there in the past. After more than five years of waiting, the business case for 3G is beginning to build around the world and most 3G deployments now rollout smoothly in contrast to the many problems experienced in early years. Read more about 3G market developments, including forecasts and global 3G subscriber statistics.

Global Mobile Broadband

The global mobile broadband market continues to gain momentum and is becoming an increasingly exciting sector to watch. One of the key reasons for this growth is the fact that due to competition and a saturated mobile voice market, the operators have been forced to offer very competitive capped data packages. Non-SMS mobile data is now growing as it is becoming easier to access via mobile devices such as smart phones. Mobile networks are also improving as 3.5G (HSPA) continues to be deployed and wireless broadband technologies (4G) emerge over the next few years. While on deck mobile data usage remains strong, off deck usage to both mobile specific Internet sites and regular sites is also growing rapidly. Read the executive summary.

The Android Phone

In the Mobile World Congress that took place last February 15-18, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain, more than 1,300 technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Samsung displayed their latest cutting-edge  products. One of the main technologies exhibited was the new android open source platform and devices developed by Google. To get a good idea of what the Android Open Source Project is all about, look at the following video:

Android is the first free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform. Android offers a full stack: an operating system, middleware, and key mobile applications. It also contains a rich set of APIs that allows third-party developers to develop great applications. One of the strongest challengers to the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 is Google, with its Android open source platform.

A year or so ago, the G1 and a phone by HTC were the only Android phones on sale.  At present there are 27 models on the market, which are available in 59 countries.  Other androids will soon be available to the public from Sony Ericsson, which presented Android models at the 2010 Mobile World Congress, including the very compact X10 mini and X10 mini pro. Look at the impressive features of this android smart phone. The best news is that the prices are expected to drop lower in the near future.

Mobile World Congress 2010

At the recent Mobile World Congress 2010 that took place in the city of Barcelona, Eric Schmidt, the Chairman & CEO of Google, addresses the audience with an excellent presentation that could be called in his own words Mobile First. He gives great importance to three things in the future of technology: computation, connectivity and the cloud. You must register (free) to see the 74 minute presentation, but it is worth your time.

Mobile Internet is gaining importance the world over. To keep up to date, here are the latest reports about Mobile Internet.  Mobile phones are increasingly becoming the preferred communication tool for personal and business use, and 2010 will offer users a number of innovations.  Smart phones have advantages over the standard mobile phone to deal with these advances because of their large display screens and speedy internet connections.

There are already phones on the market using 1 gigahertz chips, says Andy Rubin, who works on Google’s Android platform. Mobile Technology is gaining importance the world over. To keep up to date, here are the latest reports about MobileTechnology .