It represents about 50 percent of added mobile subscriptions globally. Markets such as Japan and South Korea will take up LTE subscriptions early compared to less developed countries. Today LTE penetration is already over 20 percent in Japan and over 50 percent in South Korea. China will add substantial LTE subscriptions during the forecast period reaching over 700 million by the end of 2019. Asia Pacific is progressing towards 3G and 4G. In 2013, around 75 percent of mobile subscriptions were 2G, while around 85 percent will be 3G/4G in 2019.
Asia Pacific will have a high share of the total mobile traffic through to 2019. The main reason for this is the rapid growth in subscriptions. China alone will add more than 500 million mobile subscriptions. There are large differences in usage volumes and patterns within Asia Pacific, with countries such as South Korea and Japan deploying LTE early, whereas other countries are still dominated by GSM networks.
Malaysia is experiencing a sharp increase in mobile data adoption which indicates a positive behaviour that will drive stronger need for more technological advancement in telecommunications. This provides a landscape for growth opportunities in providing connections to every corner of the country as envisioned by the government.
The early days of the Networked Society are here. We use our smartphones to work, live, and entertain ourselves in more powerful and new ways every day. That demands networks that provide superior performance, and our leadership across generations of technology - from fixed to wireless to LTE-Advanced and, in the future, 5G - confirms our ability to deliver to our customers.
We can see this happening in Malaysia too. We see millions of customers now using their smartphones for work and for entertainment. Usage of data has increased significantly, and operators have embarked on ongoing network modernization, at the same time offering innovative new services - we are indeed accelerating towards the Networked Society. This is only the beginning, and change will never be this slow again.
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