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Southeast Asia mobile subscribers top 453M

Posted: 25 Aug 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Southeast Asia mobile market? 3G? broadband?

3G focus
Amin believes that mobile usage in these growing markets will continue to be dominated by voice and basic text messaging services. He said, "Although 3G will be making its entry into many of these markets, it will be some years still before 3G services become commonplace."

Only about six percent (22.9 million) of Southeast Asia's total mobile users last year were 3G subscribers.

The race to roll-out 3G services in the hugely competitive growing markets however shows no signs of abating. Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam each have no less than six mobile operators; Indonesia the most with eleven. "As operators compete fiercely to enrol new subscribers, 3G will be the technology to eventually deliver [mobile] broadband to the rural communities that are not likely to ever receive fixed broadband access," Amin adds.

In 2008, Southeast Asia accounted for approximately 21.5 percent of the total mobile users in Asia-Pacific (18 countries).

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