SOURCE: Infonetics Research

Infonetics Research

January 20, 2011 14:46 ET

Infonetics Research: Mobile services to hit $870 billion in 2014 as mobile broadband, messaging expand

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) - Market research firm Infonetics Research ( updated its Mobile Services and Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband report based on revenue reported for the first half of 2010 (1H10), resulting in increased short- and long-term revenue forecasts.


"The overall wireless industry performed above expectations during a period of economic stress -- albeit unevenly across various world regions -- and will continue to grow as macroeconomic conditions improve. Only the western European telecom services market was significantly affected by the economic crisis, and still struggles to recover as Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal continue to suffer. Mobile broadband and mobile messaging service revenues are growing rapidly and will help operators offset declining voice revenues, but voice service isn't going away anytime soon; in fact, voice will still account for almost 60% of the mobile pie in 2014. Operators need to continue selling smarter phones and upselling data plans to keep pace with falling voice usage," notes Stéphane Téral, Infonetics Research's principal analyst for mobile and FMC infrastructure.


  • In 1H10, global mobile service revenue grew 6.5% over 1H09, driven mainly by Latin America, Asia Pacific, and North America

  • Infonetics Research increased its mobile voice, broadband, and messaging services forecasts, now expecting telecom operator revenue to hit $870 billion in 2014

  • Mobile broadband service revenue is forecast to grow the fastest of the three primary mobile services, with a 25% 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2009 to 2014

  • Infonetics expects the number of mobile broadband subscribers to grow to 1.8 billion worldwide in 2014 (28% of all mobile subscribers), after surpassing fixed broadband subscribers for the first time in 2010, driven by massive adoption of smartphones


Infonetics' biannual Mobile Services and Subscribers report provides in-depth analysis and worldwide and regional market size and forecasts for revenue, subscribers, and average revenue per user (ARPU) for prepaid and postpaid mobile voice service, prepaid and postpaid mobile messaging service (SMS/MMS), and phone-based and PC-based mobile broadband service delivered over W-CDMA/HSPA (3G), CDMA2000/EV-DO (3G), TD-SCDMA (3G), and LTE (4G) networks. Data and forecasts for mobile subscribers by technology (GSM, W-CDMA, TD-CDMA, cdmaOne, CDMA2000) are also included (2004 to 2014).

The report features a Mobile Broadband Service Tracker following service providers in North America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Asia Pacific, and Central and Latin America, showing live and planned mobile services, number of mobile broadband and WiMAX subscribers, country, network technology, and analyst commentary.



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Infonetics Research 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.

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