More spectrum for mobile broadband is vital to boost economic growth in APAC: Study

19th November 2014 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Ryan Ding, President of Products and Solutions, HuaweiNew Delhi, 19 November, 2014, London – Increased broadband connections in Asia Pacific will generate USD1.2 trillion of GDP growth and create up to 35 million new jobs by 2020 1, according to a new report from the GSMA, “Today, Tomorrow and the Future – Managing Data Demand in Asia Pacific”, developed by Analysys Mason with global analysis from Huawei.

However, this opportunity can only be realised if governments act now to fully release existing harmonised mobile spectrum bands and allocate more spectrum for mobile to meet rising consumer demand and support the development of new mobile services in the longer term. The report’s findings were presented today at the Global Mobile Broadband Forum3, 12 months ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) treaty negotiations4, which will be pivotal to determining the future of the mobile Internet.

“As this new report highlights, there is an urgent need for regulators across Asia Pacific and around the world to assign further mobile spectrum to enable the penetration rates and social and economic benefits promised, while avoiding interference along country borders,” said Ryan Ding, President of Products and Solutions, Huawei. “This will ensure that operators in the region can support governments’ broadband access goals with the investments necessary to deploy next generation mobile technology, benefiting both business and society.”

The findings of the report are further supported by the GSMA’s spectrum estimation model5, which predicts a global shortfall of mobile spectrum of between 600 to 800MHz6. In particular, the GSMA’s model finds that there is insufficient spectrum available in the Asia Pacific region to meet predicted future mobile traffic growth and support planned advances in technology.

This latest report shows that faster-than-expected growth in both mobile data subscribers in China, using 3G and 4G networks, is set to result in almost 15,000 petabytes of data per year being carried on China’s mobile networks by 2019. This is approximately 25 per cent of total traffic forecasted for the entire Asia Pacific region and a compound annual growth rate of more than 55 per cent between now and 2019.
Based on a number of third-party estimates, the report also highlighted that a 10 percentage point rise in broadband connections leads to between 0.26 and 0.92 per cent increase in GDP and that for every extra 1,000 broadband connections, 33 new jobs are created.

“The negotiations at WRC-15 in Geneva next November provide a unique opportunity for leaders in the Asia Pacific region to support the next generation of mobile networks and services,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA. “We urge governments to make a clear and strong call for significantly more spectrum for mobile, to promote the future growth of their countries’ digital economies and to enhance the lives of their citizens through widespread access to digital services and, hence, greater social inclusion.”

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