IDC: Mobile data services to grow at a rate of more than 50 percent

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IDC: Mobile data services to grow at a rate of more than 50 percent

New mobile data services will grow at a rate of more than 50 percent in 2008, according to an IDC review of the performance of Australian Telecom Service Providers in the third quarter of 2007.

End user’s take up of mobile data services in both the business and consumer markets is experiencing significant growth.

According to Waqas Javed, senior analyst, telecommunications at IDC, by mid 2009, 3G subscribers will exceed 2G subscribers by 9 percent, and 3G revenues will exceed 2G revenues by 15 percent.

Voice revenues remain consistent but data revenues are significantly increasing with a five yearly forecasted CAGR of 32.3 percent for mobile data, said Javed.

“Mobile e-mail continues to be the shining star in new mobile data services (excluding SMS / MMS), which IDC expects will continue with the advent of consumer mobile email and IM,” he said. "Overall subscriber growth increased in the Pre-paid market by seven percent and the Post-paid subscriber market grew by 11 percent.

Mobile data uptake was the primary reason for the post-paid performance which has resulted in a decline in Pre-Paid subscriptions, said Javed.

"Overall, quarter on quarter, mobile messaging (including SMS and MMS) growth was 5.3 percent from the second to third quarter in 2007," said Waqas.

IDC is also predicting that voice revenues over the forecasted period will remain consistent due to increased mobile voice minutes across the network as fixed to mobile substitution continues. The research firm expects the overall mobile market revenue to grow by one or two percent in the forecasted five year period.

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