No organization is in a better position than the GSMA to get data on mobiles globally. After all, they’re the global association for almost all of the world’s mobile operators. When they release a report, it’s worth looking at. This time they’ve done a great job of putting some of their research and statistics into visuals, check the full report on “The Mobile Economy 2013” website. It’s a virtual treasure trove of valuable global and regional mobile information.
Some interesting takeaways:
- 3.2 billion mobile subscribers at the end of 2012
- Data is what is driving the growth to the tune of 1,577 Petabytes of data, with the biggest driver being video.
- Africa is expected to see a 79% growth in data by 2017
- SMS usage is growing, but slowing in growth to 28%. This is thought to be from VOIP and social networking apps.
- 77% of all connections globally are pre-paid
- The GSMA is pushing their “OneAPI” approach, which I wish the African operators would subscribe to, as everyone would make more money – MNOs included
- Average revenue per user has dropped form $30.3/month in 2008 to $25.9 in 2012 – this is a big deal in Africa.
Most people don’t appreciate just how much investment goes into creating viable mobile networks. To put that in perspective, see the chart and comments below:
The mobile industry, if you go by this GSMA report, are all about personal security and privacy. We know this is a load of crap, but we can all pretend that the mobile operators really are acting in our own best interests… They are a long way from their mantra of, “an industry supporting and protecting citizens”.
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