Asia mobile revenues to top $500bn in 2013
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Wireless Intelligence says four countries account for 70% of mobile operator revenues in Asia.

Mobile operator revenues in Asia will exceed $500 billion in 2013, up from $478 million last year, according to a recent prediction by Wireless Intelligence.

However, the research firm said that today just four countries – China, India, Japan and South Korea – account for 70% of the region’s revenues.

A raft of statistics published by Wireless Intelligence last week revealed that in the four years between 2008 and 2012, Asia led the world in terms of mobile revenue growth, enjoying a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9%, followed by Latin America and Africa at 8% and 6% respectively. During that period, North America saw mobile revenues grow at a CAGR of 5%, while Europe reported a 1% decline.

In addition, the firm put the number of active mobile connections in Asia at 3.4 billion, and the number of unique users at 1.8 billion. Asia-Pacific boasts the lion’s share of both connections and users, with 2.98 billion and 1.57 billion respectively. However, compared to the rest of Asia it still has the lowest penetration in terms of active connections: 76%, compared to 95% for Western Asia and 101% for the rest of Asia.

Looking ahead, Wireless Intelligence expects the number of LTE connections in Asia to grow ten-fold to 500 million between now and 2017.

"Half of global 4G LTE connections will come from Asia in five years," Wireless Intelligence predicted.

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