India and China will account for almost half of all new mobile subscribers expected to be added globally by the end of 2020, a new study has found.
According to the 2017 edition of ‘Mobile Economy: Asia Pacific’ report published recently at the ‘Mobile World Congress Shanghai’, forecasts that India will account for 27 per cent (206 million) and China 21 per cent (155 million) of the approximately 753 million new mobile subscribers by the end of the decade.
The Asia-Pacific region as a whole is forecast to increase from 2.7 billion unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2016 to 3.1 billion in 2020, accounting for two-thirds of global growth.
The report also highlights how the region’s mobile industry will be a growing contributor to Asia’s economy and social development over this period – and also play a pioneering role in 5G.
“Led by India and China, Asia’s mobile industry will be the main engine of global subscriber growth for the remainder of the decade, connecting almost half a billion new customers across the region by 2020,” said Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA company, a trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators globally.
“We are also seeing a dramatic shift to mobile broadband networks, particularly 4G, which is providing a platform for a rich range of innovative new services across both developed and emerging markets in the region. Meanwhile, advanced operators in Asia are set to become among the first in the world to launch commercial 5G networks before the end of the decade,” he said.