3G technology service revenues in emerging markets will reach $74.5 billion in 2012. The coming 2012-2017 period will see strong growth in subscriber numbers and operator revenues as many emerging markets finalise their 3G network deployment and aim to tackle full-scale national coverage.
Although 3G has become a mature technology in many developed economies, it is currently driving mobile broadband uptake in many emerging markets. Led by the BRIC nations, and in particular China, the 3G technology market is being widely supported by governments in a bid to bridge the mobile divide between emerging and developed countries.
India's mobile base is about 127 million, meaning that only around 13% of the population currently use a mobile phone. International markets, such as China and India, can greatly drive adoption of 3G technologies as these regions continue to see the highest growth rates in mobile adoption.
There are currently almost 100 million 3G wireless subscribers worldwide. The US, with over 200 million mobile subscribers, crossed the 10% mark for 3G penetration for the first time in 2006, while Japan stayed in the lead with over 50% of its subscribers using 3G phones.
For more information on the 3G technology market, see the latest research: 3G Technology Market Report
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