In 4 years India will become the 2nd largest world market for mobile broadband

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 quatro anos Índia tornará segundo maior mercado mundial banda larga móvel anuncia gsma  The GSMA announced that over the next four years, India will become the world's second largest broadband market(1), with 367 milhões de conexões de banda larga móvel até 2016. Like this, the India will surpass the USA, They shall keep wmillions of mobile broadband connections up larga móvel até 2016, but will still be vice of China, that have achieved 639 millions of mobile broadband connections in the same period.

Since the initial grant of licenses 3 g mobile operators of India, in September 2010, mobile broadband connectivity has grown steadily. There are now more than 10 millions of HSPA connections throughout the country and it is hoped an exponential growth of up to 900%, for more than 100 million connections until 2014. This, in two years, will make India the largest HSPA market in the world, surpassing China, Japan and the USA in the process.

“The mobile industry in India is positioned for massive growth, as mobile broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE are beginning to proliferate, but there is scope for greater good development”, said Anne Bouverot, Director General the GSMA. “To take full advantage of this, the Indian Government should facilitate the timely release of additional spectrum, so fair and transparent, to all interested. The benefits are clearly visible – an increase of 10% in mobile broadband penetration could contribute as much as US $ 80 bilhões (INR 3,506 billion) in revenues over the transport sectors, saúde e educação do país, until 2015(2).”

Accessibility, a prerequisite for long-term growth in India

According to a recent study(3), performed by wireless intelligence service of GSMA, Despite the large rural population, the growth of mobility in India is largely being generated by communities of greater purchasing power, in cities. In urban areas, the net additions amounted to 85 million last year – compared to 57 million in rural areas ?with mobile penetration in urban areas rising 20 percentage points, para 161%, against an increase percentage percentage 6,5% in rural areas – para 36for

The provision of mobile broadband in rural and remote areas will help India to fill the call “digital gap “. Will improve productivity, assist in overcoming the limitations of transportation infrastructure and provide highly needed banking services as, health and education. Given the significant social and economic benefits, the expansion of affordable access to mobile broadband should be a high priority of the Government of India.

According to Wireless Intelligence, with a retail price of $ 500, the cost of an LTE smartphone is four times the monthly average of the per capita GDP of India, and an average of $ 200, the retail price of a pen drive USB/LTE is twice the monthly income of an Indian, on average(4). As LTE networks proliferate worldwide and more appliances become available, the costs will fall. Initiatives such as the introduction of inexpensive tablet Aakash, in India, are helping to boost internet access in emerging markets, but more can be done.

É importante que todos os cidadãos da Índia tenham acesso à conectividade de internet de alta velocidade e às opportunities transformadoras que ela oferece”, continued Ms. Bouverot. “The current average cost of an appliance LTE is prohibitive for broadband membership for those with low income. The GSMA is committed to working with its members mobile operators to investigate innovative means of making mobile internet access for everyone as much as possible”.

The GSMA today announced that opened a permanent Office in New Delhi and recently made two new hires: Sandeep Karanwal, Director of the Office of the GSMA in India, and Nitin Sapra, the GSMA's Manager for spectrum policy and regulation in India. Ms. Bouverot continued, “It is an exciting time for the launch of our new Office, since India is a critical market for the mobile industry growth at, both commercially and in terms of policies, through its influence on the whole of Asia Pacific and the world”.

Operators – support testimonials

“The India is giving great strides towards data abstraction and already holds the third largest internet subscriber base in the world, with more than 100 milhões de usuários, and the second largest worldwide subscribers of Facebook , with 43millions of userss”, said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO of Bharti Airtel – India & South Asia. “Several studies have shown that an increase of 10% in mobile penetration could lead 1% to GDP growth, and an increase of 10% in mobile broadband penetration could generate an increase of 1,4% in GDP. When the 4 g network is deployed, beside the 2 g and 3 g networks, the India is at the forefront of worldwide provision of next-generation mobile broadband. We are excited to work with the GSMA, to help speed up this phenomenal growth and bringing mobile broadband to every corner of India.”

“In the Decade and a half since the launch of mobile services, the results for India and its people have been tremendous. GDP growth rates have increased, largely thanks to the effects of mobile telephony empowerment. The India is now positioned on the cusp of another tectonic shift ?but this can only happen if espetros brought more are released, ensuring that broadband connectivity, high speed is available at reasonable rates, allowing the India cover the gap and joining the ranks of the growing mobile broadband ecosystem”, said Mr. Himanshu Kapania, Executive Director, Idea Cellular.

“Mobile broadband, who is emerging as one of the areas of strong growth in the Indian telecommunications sector, can contribute significantly to the social agenda for closing the digital gap” said Mr Froim Narasimhan, Executive Director of Tata Teleservices Limited. “As newer technology and faster data speeds become available, devices of next generation of reasonable cost, in multiple form factors – supporting an ever-growing list of applications of lifestyle impact, services and solutions ?will be critical to this growth. We will continue to work closely with solution and apparatus industries from around the world and with the GSMA, to create the right ecosystem and suitable permissions to successfully bring the history of data ahead”.

“We have experienced the rapid growth of mobile communications in India and its vast socioeconomic impact. Our perspective is that future proliferation of mobile broadband can be achieved more quickly and more reasonable price through data services over 2 g in combination with 3 g and LTE. Continued investment, However, depends on a stable and predictable regulatory environment as well as the availability of spectrum”, said Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO, Telenor Group.

“To accelerate the adoption of mobile broadband throughout India, particularly in rural areas, We need to be able to provide our clients with reasonable cost access to data services and devices. However, operators need higher spectrum, so that the mobile ecosystem can benefit from economies of scale, What will help us provide reasonable cost access to mobile broadband for those most in need. We are happy to work with the GSMA to help promote mobile broadband accessibility for the benefit of our clients throughout India”, said Marten Pieters, Executive Director and CEO Vodafone India.

Notes to editors

(1) Mobile broadband technologies: WCDMA, HSPA, LTE, TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000 1 x EV-DO – Wireless Intelligence, April 2012

(2) GSMA and Analysis Mason, August 2011

(3) Wireless Intelligence: Urbanizacao generates growth in BRIC countries

(4) Wireless Intelligence: global LTE network, forecasts and assumptions about addressing – a year later

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