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Mobile broadband traffic will grow rapidly in continental SE Asia, driven by the expansion of 3G and 4G networks and the proliferation of cheap smartphones; the fastest growth will come in the less developed markets. The region's 3G markets have had time to mature prior to the 4G launches, but 2G networks will give way to 3G and 4G over the next five years: we expect combined 3G and 4G subscriptions to make up 88% of the regional total by 2020. Mobile data usage per 4G subscription is substantially higher than that of 3G subscriptions, and we expect average data usage per subscription to grow at annual rates of 20-40% over the next five years. Operators will rely on additional spectrum for rural expansion and capacity buildouts. Common approaches to driving mobile broadband adoption include data-centric bundles, zero-rated OTT apps and discounting of high-volume data plans. OTT services and social media are also important.
-Continental Southeast Asia is a highly penetrated mobile region, with overall subscriptions surpassing 128% of the population in 2015. Pyramid Research expects mobile subscriptions to grow at a CAGR of 2.4% from 2015 to 2020, pushing the penetration rate to 139%. LTE will grow at a 54% CAGR over the period.
-The vast majority of subscriptions will be on 3G or 4G networks by 2020. Overall, 3G will make up 71% of all subscriptions, 4G 17% and 2G 12%.
-The region has an estimated 142m mobile broadband subscriptions at year-end 2015, and we expect that number to grow at a 14.3% CAGR to 292m in 2020, driven mainly by smartphone adoption and 3G and 4G network expansion. Annual mobile data traffic will total 1,747PB in 2015, increasing to 10,799PB in 2020. We expect average monthly data usage per user to climb from 1,236MB to 3,579MB over the same period.
-Operators in continental SE Asia are focusing on urban centers for their initial mobile broadband network deployments but for rural expansion and capacity buildout will rely on additional spectrum, particularly in lower frequencies.
-As revenue from voice declines, operators are turning to multiple service pricing and positioning strategies to drive data adoption and usage, including OTT partnerships, discounting of bulk data, bundling and smartphone promotions.
This Telecom Insider Report, 'Mobile Broadband in Southeast Asia: Adoption and Usage Trends and Operator Strategy,' by Pyramid Research offers a thorough analysis of the mobile broadband market in continental Southeast Asia, focusing on trends in mobile data usage, the forces driving the rising adoption of mobile broadband and the various strategies operators employ to drive data revenue. First, the report provides top-level context on the current state of the mobile broadband markets in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, highlighting demographic, regulatory and economic factors that affect mobile broadband usage and adoption, including information on the mobile spectrum regulatory environments and forecasts of mobile subscriptions for all six countries. The report then breaks down mobile data usage trends for each of the markets, analyzing total and average usage by technology generation and prepaid versus postpaid data users. It examines operator strategies for maximizing adoption and revenue from mobile data given the market environment in Southeast Asia, and it concludes with four operator case studies.
What else does this Telecom Insider Report offer?
- Forecasts of mobile penetration by technology (2G, 3G and 4G) in each of Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
- Forecasts of smartphone subscriptions for all six countries (2012, 2015 and 2020).
- Forecasts of mobile broadband traffic for the six countries (2012, 2015, 2020).
- Detailed discussions of the strategies used by operators to drive mobile broadband revenue.
- Four case studies of mobile operators: Maxis in Malaysia, MPT in Myanmar, Viettel in Vietnam and AIS in Thailand.
- Forty-five exhibits that provide information on topics ranging from licensed spectrum and data usage per user to pricing and differences between prepaid and postpaid data usage.
- Actionable recommendations of best practices for mobile network operators.
-Learn about the prospects for mobile broadband usage and adoption in the region, both from direct subscription and traffic forecasts and from an analysis of the demographic, regulatory and economic factors that affect these prospects.
-Get reliable information about the strategies operators in this diverse set of markets use to drive mobile broadband revenue - strategies related to spectrum, service positioning, pricing, bundling, OTT partnerships and devices.
-Read detailed case studies showing what operators in four markets are doing to boost mobile data usage and adoption, with a particular look at the pricing strategies they employ.
-Get a clear view of how operators can use the popularity of OTT platforms to cost-effectively boost data adoption and drive overall data usage.
-Use the reports section of actionable recommendations to develop longer-term strategies for mobile broadband growth.
- The report is designed for an executive-level audience, boasting presentation quality that allows it to be turned into presentable material immediately.
Exhibit 1: Regional GDP andpopulation, 2015-2020
Exhibit 2: PPP GDP per capita by country,2015 and2020
Exhibit 3: Mobile penetration of population by country,2015 and 2020
Exhibit 4: Timeline of first commercial 3G and 4G launches, by country
Exhibit 5: First nationwide3G launches
Exhibit 6: First nationwide4G launches
Exhibit 7: 3G spectrum bands by country
Exhibit 8: 4G spectrum bands by country
Exhibit 9: Mobile subscription penetration of population by country,2015
Exhibit10: Mobile subscription penetration of population by country,2020
Exhibit11: Mobile, mobile broadband subscriptions, continental SoutheastAsia
Exhibit12: Smartphonesubscriptions by country;2012,2015,2020
Exhibit13: Annualmobile broadband trafficby country,2012,2015,2020
Exhibit14: Mobile broadband usageper subscription per month, 3G, 4Gand average, 2015
Exhibit15: Projected CAGRs of averagemonthly mobile broadband usageper subscription,2015-2020
Exhibit16: Averagemonthly data use and 4Gpenetration, SE Asia, 2012-2015
Exhibit17: Smartphonepenetrationand average data usage, SE Asia, 2015
Exhibit18: Mobile broadband usageper subscription per month, 2015: Prepaid vs.postpaid
Exhibit19: Mobile broadband usageper subscription per month, 2020: Prepaid vs.postpaid
Exhibit20: Mobile operator LTE networks by band, continental SE Asia
Exhibit21: Voice ARPS CAGRs, 2015-2020
Exhibit22: Mobile broadband servicepositioning parameters
Exhibit23: Averagerevenueper megabyte by country;2015-2020
Exhibit24: Averageprice per MB by plan andcountry,2015
Exhibit25: Mobile operator LTE networks by band, continental SE Asia
Exhibit26: Most downloaded smartphoneapps 2015
Exhibit27: Operator own-branded smartphonepromotions
Exhibit28: Averagemonthly data usage 2015
Exhibit29: Maxismobile broadband spectrumby band
Exhibit30: Maxismobile data pricing
Exhibit31: Maxis average monthly prepaidand postpaid data usage, 2Q 2014-2Q 2015
Exhibit32: Mobile broadband shares of total subscriptions by operator,Malaysia, 2Q 2014-4Q 2015
Exhibit33: MPT mobile broadband spectrumby band
Exhibit34: unallocated 3G/4Gspectrum in Myanmar
Exhibit35: MPT mobile data pricing
Exhibit36: MPT averagemonthly 2G, 3G and 4G data usage per user, 2014-2020
Exhibit37: Mobile broadband shares of total subscriptions by operator,Myanmar, 2014-2020
Exhibit38: Viettel mobile broadband spectrumby band
Exhibit39: Viettel mobile data pricing
Exhibit40: Viettel average monthly 2G, 3Gand 4Gdata usage per user, 2014-2020
Exhibit41: Mobile broadband shares of all subscriptions by operator, Vietnam, 2014-2020
Exhibit42: AISmobile broadband spectrumby band
Exhibit43: AISmobile data pricing
Exhibit44: AIS average monthly 2G, 3G and 4G data usage per user, 2014-2020
Exhibit45: Mobile broadband shares of total subscriptions by operator, Thailand, 2014-2020