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GSMA: New Report Predicts Explosive European Growth for Mobile Broadband

An exclusive report released today by global analyst house CCS Insight predicts explosive growth for Mobile Broadband across Europe. Despite varying environments across Europe’s five major markets, the one common factor is growth, underpinned by HSPA and HSPA+ Mobile Broadband technology.

According to CCS Insight’s report, the European Mobile Broadband market will see subscriber and revenue numbers nearly double by 2011:

  • Total Mobile Broadband subscribers in key European markets will rise from about 22 million at the end of 2009 to over 43 million in 2011
  • Total revenue from Mobile Broadband access in the major markets will rise from less than €6 billion in 2009 to more than €11 billion in 2011

“It is clear from this report that with the right network investment, European mobile network operators will see significant growth in Mobile Broadband adoption in the next two years,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer at the GSMA. “HSPA technology will drive this rapid uptake across Europe as mobile operators and their customers continue to benefit from its expanding, vibrant and competitive ecosystem. HSPA technology has a vast number of enabled devices and established roaming capabilities delivering high speed broadband connectivity to users on the move, right across Europe.”

O’Hara continues: “As the GSM family of technologies continues to evolve and we see increased deployments of HSPA+ and LTE networks, Mobile Broadband users will experience even faster data rates, more than sufficient to compete with fixed line broadband offerings.”

Shaun Collins, Managing Director at CCS Insight, summarises the report by saying: “Competition will have a huge impact on the growth of Mobile Broadband across Europe – both in terms of increasing subscriber numbers and the average revenue operators will see from each subscriber. In this market, we expect to see not only growth, but also changes in the dynamic across Europe as the countries currently with the least Mobile Broadband penetration – France and Spain – experience the fastest growth in subscribers in the coming years.”

Key points contained within the CCS Insight report include:

  • In Italy, most access is charged by the minute, while operators elsewhere, particularly in the UK, have largely adopted flat-rate, all-you-can-eat models
  • Among Europe's major markets, the highest charging countries for Mobile Broadband are France, where 4GB of data can cost a subscriber almost €85 a month, and Germany, where subscribers can pay €45 for each gigabyte of data
  • The least expensive Mobile Broadband in the top five markets can be found in the UK, where competition is fierce, where subscribers can pay less than €17 a month for 3GB of data traffic, and less than €5 for each gigabyte of data
  • France and Spain will see the fastest growth in Mobile Broadband users, and the advent of new subscribers – and a fourth operator in France – will be accompanied by a reduction in average charges
  • The most common allowances across Europe are 1GB, 3GB and 5GB a month

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About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.

About CCS Insight
CCS Insight provides a blend of timely and authoritative market information, analysis and intelligence for companies focused on the wireless and mobile sector. CCS Insight’s reputation is built on its unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the communications market, and its ability to synthesise information and predict market movements and developments to help clients make sense of the connected world.

For more information, please visit Mobile World Live, the new online portal for the mobile communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com or the GSMA corporate website at www.gsmworld.com.

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