Asia to drive mobile broadband Internet access

March 26, 2009
Broadband-service providers will see their revenue from mobile services jump to US$137 billion worldwide by 2014, up 450 percent from 2008, a report has said.

Broadband-service providers will see their revenue from mobile services jump to 137 billion dollars worldwide by 2014, up 450 percent from 2008, a report said Thursday.

But the number of users will likely outpace revenue growth as competition drives prices lower and because most of the new clients will come from less wealthy users in , industry consulting firm Ovum said.

The number of mobile broadband users -- both through handsets and computers -- should top two billion in 2014, up over 1,000 percent from 181 million in 2008, with the Asia Pacific emerging as a key driver, it said.

"The most aggressive growth comes from emerging markets, where the unavailability of fixed broadband offers a major opportunity for mobile broadband players," the consultancy said in its latest research.

It said 40 percent of total mobile laptop users will come from the by 2014, powered by increasing usage in China and India, the world's two most populous nations.

However, handsets are likely to continue to dominate the market for access compared with laptops, Ovum said.

In China alone, there will be 325 million handset users against 52.5 million laptop users by 2013, it said.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: Briefs: Q3 world broadband up 10 percent

Related Stories

Ericsson strong on broadband, mobiles

May 10, 2006

Strong demand for broadband worldwide and for mobile phones in developing countries is keeping the telecom industry strong, the head of Ericsson said.

Samsung to Showcase Mobile Broadband 4G Technology

December 4, 2006

Samsung Electronics is putting on an ambitious showcase of its latest telecommunication technologies at the ITU Telecom World 2006 being held in Hong Kong , China from December 4 to 8.

Record 12 pct drop for PC sales in 2009: Gartner

March 2, 2009

Sales of personal computers are expected to decline by 11.9 percent to 257 million units in 2009, the steepest drop in the industry's history, market research firm Gartner said Monday.

Recommended for you

Roboticists learn to teach robots from babies

December 1, 2015

Babies learn about the world by exploring how their bodies move in space, grabbing toys, pushing things off tables and by watching and imitating what adults are doing.

Xbox gaming technology may improve X-ray precision

December 1, 2015

With the aim of producing high-quality X-rays with minimal radiation exposure, particularly in children, researchers have developed a new approach to imaging patients. Surprisingly, the new technology isn't a high-tech, high-dollar ...

Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better

December 1, 2015

MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light—the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses and most 3-D movie systems—they can increase the resolution of conventional 3-D imaging devices ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.