According to Frost & Sullivan research, countries like Japan, which is expected to launch LTE (Long Term Evolution) in 2010, and South Korea are two nations with the highest Average Revenue Per User levels in Asia-Pacific (Japan at US$53.20 per month in 2008 and South Korea at US$38.04). Mobile usage is growing.
The North Asian region is expected to be home to just over one billion mobile users by the end of 2009, representing a year-on-year subscriber growth of 15.3%; China alone will house 80% of that billion.
Analysis from Frost & Sullivan: 2009 North Asia Wireless Outlook, finds that the mobile subscriber base in the region – covering five North Asian nations including Japan – grew 10.1% year-on-year to reach 878.1 million users in 2008, accounting for nearly half of the total mobile subscribers in Asia-Pacific (18 countries) last year.
Forecasted to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7.7% (2008-2014), North Asia’s mobile subscribers are expected to surpass 1.37 billion users by end-2014, says Frost & Sullivan.