Global revenues from mobile data services surpassed US$ 100 billion for the first time last year according to data sourced from the latest edition of Informa Telecoms & Media's World Cellular Data Metrics. The figure of US$ 102.1 billion is equal to US$ 52.9 per every mobile subscription throughout the year or US$ 4.4 per month.
Putting the 2005 figure into perspective, it is on a par with the combined fees paid so far by European operators for 3G licenses (US$ 102.3 billion according to Informa Telecom & Media's World Cellular Information Service). Or put another way, it is greater than the entire GDP for New Zealand in 2005 (US$ 94.6 billion according to the CIA World Factbook).
Strong data revenue growth has continued into 2006, with the 1Q figure of US$ 28.4 billion up 17% year-on-year. "The industry is comfortably on track to exceed last year's record total," commented Kester Mann, Senior Research Analyst with Informa. "Data revenues continue to be driven by the ongoing deployment of advanced technologies, improvements in handsets and global subscription growth."
NTT DoCoMo continues to generate the highest non-voice revenues, based on data for 114 operators tracked. Its total of US$ 2.5 billion for 1Q06 compares to second-placed operator China Mobile (US$ 1.9 billion) with Japanese rival KDDI US$ 1.5 billion in third.
Three US operators (Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless and Sprint Nextel) recorded data revenues above US$ 800 million, while the leading European operator was O2 UK (US$ 570 million).
Cheers ~ Arne