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Asia Pacific Wireless Revenue Forecast

The Asia Pacific wireless telecom industry will grow from $159.97 billion in annual revenue in 2005 to $242.42 billion by the end of 2010, reports In-Stat.

The overall subscriber penetration rate for the region (including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indian, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippine, Singapore, Thailand, and Taiwan) was about 25 in 2005 - varying from 6.8 percent (India) to 115 percent (Hong Kong).

"The introduction of 3G mobile services is enabling a new breed of services," says Bryan Wang, In-Stat analyst. "In countries with successful 3G launches, like Japan, providers have enjoyed higher data services revenue, about 27.9 percent of total revenue in 2005, significantly higher than the overall regional rate of 19.9 percent."

In-Stat found the following:

- In 2005, there were over 859.4 million wireless service subscribers in the region, a total that is expected to reach 1.57 billion in 2010.
- Mergers and consolidation in mature markets such as Hong Kong are helping operators maintain a competitive advantage while aiming for higher profitability.
- Currently, mobile downloading of ring tones and wallpapers, MMA and games are the most popular non-voice services.

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