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December 22, 2014 17:40 ET

Infonetics: Mobile broadband overtakes SMS as largest generator of mobile data revenue

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Infonetics Research, a technology market research firm, today released excerpts from its December 2G, 3G, LTE Mobile Services and Subscribers market size and forecast report.

Infonetics, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), provides detailed analysis, trends, and forecasts on mobile operators and their mobile voice and data service revenue, average revenue per user (ARPU), and subscribers in each of the world's major regions.

"Europe continues to be the main drag on global mobile services revenue, but Europe's BIG 5 -- Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Vodafone -- see some light at the end of the tunnel, with looming consolidation that should ease the pressure on mobile services revenue," notes Stéphane Téral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research.


  • Worldwide mobile service revenue barely budged in the first half of 2014 (1H14), up just 0.5% from the same period a year ago, to $385.5 billion
    • Gains in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA), Asia Pacific, and North America together offset a high double-digit decline in EMEA
  • For the first time, voice usage slightly slowed, dragged by China where over-the-top (OTT) alternatives took their share, and mobile broadband overtook SMS as the largest revenue generator of mobile data
    • Mobile broadband revenue rose 26% in 1H14 from 1H13 and continued to drive overall mobile services market growth
  • Despite the rise of mobile data, blended ARPU continues to fall, but at a much slower pace in every region, including developing Asia Pacific

Infonetics' mobile services report provides worldwide and regional market size, forecasts through 2018, analysis, and trends for voice, SMS/MMS, and broadband mobile service revenue, ARPU, and subscribers by technology. The report features a Mobile Broadband Service Tracker following operator deployments by country, technology and subscribers. To buy the report, contact Infonetics:



North America (West), Asia Pacific:
Larry Howard +1 408-583-3335
North America (East, Midwest), Latin America, EMEA:
Scott Coyne +1 408-583-3395
Greater China, Southeast Asia, India: 大中华区
Jeffrey Song +86 21-3919-8505
Japan 日本
Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics +81 3-6408-5566
South Korea 대한민국
Doug Moon, Nexmedica +82 2-3453-9400

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Infonetics Research, now part of IHS (NYSE: IHS), is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize and compete more effectively. Follow Infonetics on Twitter for the latest headlines:

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    Stéphane Téral
    Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure and Carrier Economics
    Infonetics Research / IHS Inc.
    +1 408-583-3371
    Email contact
    Twitter: @Infonetics