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The world is increasingly connected and mobile as the global telecommunications market continues to grow unabated and the Internet and mobile devices dominate, with the Asia Pacific region leading the way in the mobile growth stakes.

The latest stats and facts on the global telecoms market reported by Australian telecommunications analyst Paul Budde reveal that growth in the industry is driven by mobile broadband, M2M, Cloud computing; OTT services and Big Data management – and fixed broadband is also making headway with the majority of countries now having a national broadband network plan or policy in place.

And, as Budde reports, there were over 7.1 billion mobile subscriptions in 2014 (including multiples) and Asia Pacific accounted for the majority of these, followed by Europe.

According to Budde, the adoption of mobile broadband in the developing world “has been nothing but spectacular”, with growth rates averaging 38% CAGR, and there are now around 3.1 billion Internet users, and around 25% of these will have access to fixed broadband.

Mobile penetration continues to vary widely throughout the world, Budde says, In Europe, nearly 80% of the population were unique mobile subscribers at the end of 2014, while in Sub-Saharan Africa the figure was only 39%. “But the developing regions are where we will see most growth in the years to 2020,” Budde predicts.

And, just to reinforce what Paul Budde says about connectivity, as I am writing this the Melbourne airport Skybus paused at the traffic lights opposite my apartment with a message painted on the side: “Stay Connected, Free Wi-Fi on board”!

Other stats on the telecoms and communications market worldwide reported by Budde include:

•    Mobile broadband access using the 3G and now the 4G/LTE networks has continued to expand as users continue to add tablets, modems and phones to use alternative communication methods and cloud based services

•    In the longer term, with the increase in connected devices and the increased availability of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, the amount of mobile data downloaded is likely to at least double yearly for the next few years

•    With more and more video applications being used and initiatives around M2M and the Internet of Everything is beginning to increase there is a widespread interest in upgrading to higher-speed services

•    The telecommunications sector is the largest user of outsourcing services globally

•    Wireless devices are soon to overtake wired devices in terms of IP traffic and in 2016 will account for over 50% of Internet traffic

•    In 2015 satellite services were leading growth in the satellite sector, driven by consumer uptake of satellite television services in particular.

To read more of the Budde report on the telecoms market click here.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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