This research service provides insights of the current environment, significant issues and what are the things to anticipate for Asia Pacific’s mobile communications industry in 2006. A must read for telecom service providers, equipment providers, regulators, application & content providers/developers and potential investors in the telecoms industry; this service covers key information: mobile penetration, subscriber base & forecasts, 3G subscriber base & forecast, mobile data proportion etc.
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Asia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Asia PacificIntroduction2005 in HindsightSneak Preview of 2006IntroductionClosing the Gap to One BillionLow-end Scores Big: Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel3G Brewing in Asia PacificMobile Data: The GoldmineWireless Wiring the RegionFixed-Mobile Substitution/ConvergenceMobile Number Portability (MNP)Asia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Australia2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006The Rise of 3G Cellular ServicesContinuous Price Erosion Through Capped Plans Market Consolidation – SingTel Optus and Virgin MobilePrivatization of TelstraSecuring Content via Media Partnership Will Gain Traction Amid 3G RaceMobile Data Service Set To Grow in 2006 With Introduction of i-modeAsia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, China2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006The Issue of 3G Licenses: Bringing the Investment into the Telecom IndustryThe Restructuring of China's Telecom IndustrySubscriber Growth Slowing Down ARPU: Continuing Downward Pressure3G Applications Would Kick Off Post-2006Mobile Data Services: The Force to Pull the ARPU?Prepaid Registration May Pose Near-term Operating Issues for OperatorsLiberalization of Mobile Communications Foreign Players in 2006Asia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Hong Kong2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006Mergers and Acquisitions of Hong Kong Cellular Services MarketNew Licenses for BWA Would Create a New Breed of Wireless OperatorsIssuance of Unified Licenses Likely to be Stalled by AppealsIs Hong Kong Ready for FMC?3G Subscriber Base Expected to Hit 1.3 Million by End-2006Untapped Prepaid Market Offers Opportunities?Asia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, India2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006'Lifetime Validity' Plans Would Dampen ARPU and Bolster Subscriber Growth SubstantiallyNetwork Constraint May Limit Subscriber Growth to 121 Million as at End-2006More New Entrants Will Enter the Long-distance Voice BusinessDelay in 3G ServicesGiving Away 3G Spectrum for Free? – The Debate RoarsIndia-A Manufacturing Hub for Mobile Phones?Congestion in Mobile Networks- What is the Problem?Greater Network OutsourcingAlternative Technologies Not Likely to Materialize in 2006Asia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Indonesia2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006Lower Denomination Over-the-air Reload to Target Ultra Low-income GroupsCellular Subscriber Base Expected to Hit 68 Million by End-2006The Dawn of 3G Services in Indonesia: Expected Towards 4Q 2006Heightened Competition From Second Tier Operators and Increased Foreign Participation Focus Still on 3G Although Deployment of WiMAX Inevitable in the Long RunAsia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Malaysia2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006Strategies of 3G ParticipantsIssuance of New 3G Licenses: More Harm than Good?2006: Opening the Floodgates for Regional Participants?The Emergence of MVNOs in MalaysiaFurther Price War on PrepaidMore Price Play in IDD Mobile ChargesNew Interconnect Charges Would Benefit TM MostM-commerce Picking up Pace in 2006/07Implications from Registration of Prepaid UsersMobile Number Portability Would Come on Shores in 2007Asia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, New Zealand2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 20063G Adoption Rate Picks Up Pace With The Launch of Second 3G Cellular NetworkPrice Erosion Continues in Voice and Data RatesPossible Reduction in Mobile Termination Charges Would Drive Down Voice Rates FurtherCellular Number Portability – Coming SoonAsia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, The Philippines2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006Subscriber Growth Would Improve in 2006Low-spend Text-savvy Users May Render to Slow 3G AdoptionSMS-based Services to Continue to Drive Mobile Data MarketPredominance of Prepaid Services to PrevailUnlimited Plan to be the Emerging TrendAsia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Singapore2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006Raising 3G Affordability Levels to Include the Prepaid Market in 2006 - A PossibilityAggressive Price Competition – Slashing TariffsEffects of BWA More Pronounced Post 2006Mobile Data Market – Building Content Through PartnershipCrossing the CausewayStatus of Mobile Virtual Network Operators/ResellersFixed-Mobile ConvergenceAsia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, South Korea2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006Mobile Operators Unlikely to Outdo Each Other With Aggressive Handset SubsidiesSecuring Content Through Vertical Synergies WiBro in 2006 Will Focus on Data Now - Voice LaterVoice Offering Over WiBro Would Dampen ARPU Drastically Terrestrial DMB Services Picking Up Pace; Satellite DMB Charges Would Reduce To Stay CompetitiveMass Roll-out of 3.5G Services Delayed to 2007Asia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Taiwan2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006The New Competitive Landscape in the 3G EraVIBO Telecom Needs to Focus on Niche Markets and Differentiated ServicesThe Dominance of Postpaid CustomersMobile Data Services: The Source of Future GrowthAsia Pacific Mobile Communications Outlook 2006, Thailand2005 Overview2005 OverviewKey Trends for 2006Network Expansion to Rural Areas in Search of New Subscriber GrowthWider Adoption of Flat-Rate PlansToning Down of Price Play as Carriers Focus on Service Quality and Coverage3G Resolution Likely to Take Place in 2006More Foreign Tie-ups With Local TelcosWhat Industry Liberalization Means in 2006?