Last updated: 27 Feb 2008 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 199
Analyst: Stephen McNamara
This report contains comprehensive overviews of trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband and digital media for the entire Asian region. Topics include:-
Researcher - Peter Evans
Current publication date: October 2007 (13th Edition)
Next publication date: October 2008
Through 2006 and into 2007, we have continued to see a generally strong run of economic growth throughout the Asian region. There continues to be some anxiety in region, however, with the uncertainty surrounding oil prices and the likely impact of high oil prices on the global economy. On a positive note, the giant growth engine that is
The region’s telecommunications sector was clearly benefiting from the healthy economic environment. Highlights in the telecoms sector coming into 2007:
· 3G mobile services are being rolled out in the major markets, with the developed markets taking a strong lead;
· The region’s choice of Internet access continues to rapidly move from dial-up to broadband;
· The developed economies of
In looking at the Asian telecom market, it is impossible to avoid the impact of
In the meantime, while
For the last decade, the investment strategies adopted by telcos throughout the region have remained relatively cautious. While obviously still keen to find new markets, operators, often with the support of equipment suppliers, have been building fresh business plans to suit the changing market. A case in point was the oversupply of undersea cable capacity that became apparent three or four years ago. This had a particularly severe impact on investment plans (and on the financial viability of companies). As the submarine cable market rebounds and is once again needing an injection of capital, the players are expected to adopt a more circumspect approach this time. At the same time, after a period of sluggish growth, the satellite segment has also seen a series of new launches and there are signs that this will continue.
The Asian region has a wide spectrum of telecommunications and IT development. Countries can be found at both ends of this development spectrum. While some of the world’s leading developers and implementers of technology are to be found in
In 2007, the Asian telecom market was estimated to be worth around US$350 billion. The big new drivers in the market are broadband and IP services, as well as ongoing growth in the mobile sector, particularly as more and more value-added services come into play. NGNs are also being rolled out by the regional heavyweights, with the inevitable strong move into triple play services on the back of the NGNs.
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