October 16, 2008

Examine the Asian-Pacific Telecommunications Sectors With This Updated Report (August 2008)

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/4e8415/asiapacific_telec) has announced the addition of the "Asia-Pacific Telecommunications Sectors : A Company and Industry Analysis (August 2008)" report to their offering.

This report updates the previous Asia-Pacific telecoms report, focusing on the markets in Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea

Current Environment - Key Points

- Fixed-line operators continued to lose customers and revenue over the last six months due to the popularity of mobile telephony services

- Fixed-line operators hoped to expand revenues beyond voice services through other ways such as fixed-line SMS (Short Message Service) messaging, internet telephony and internet television services

- Over the last six months, fixed-line penetration remained low in a number of emerging markets in the region such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam

- South Korea was found to be ranked first out of 30 countries in a recent study of broadband performance around the world

- Chinese officials finally announced in May that four of its biggest telecoms operators would be merged and reshuffled to form three equally matched, competing providers

- Over the last six months to the end of May, Indian telecom companies looked for acquisitions worldwide as part of an ambitious attempt to establish a global footprint

Industry Profile - Key Points

- The world's biggest GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) markets today are China (509 million), which is growing at a rate of more than seven million new connections a month

- In the broadband market segment, China overtook the US this year as the largest fixed subscriber market

- Telecom operators in the Asia-Pacific are looking at expanding overseas to develop new revenue streams and to compensate for slowing growth in their country of origin

- China's rapid economic growth over the past several decades is now mirrored by similar growth in R&D funding and performance

- In China, telecoms regulators are aiming to boost competitiveness at fixed-line operators and provide capital resources to the reorganized companies as the nation prepares to roll out 3G services that require billions of dollars in spending

Market Trends and Outlook - Key Points

- Technological advancements in the Asia-Pacific are making touch-screens easier and less expensive to manufacture

- In the Asia-Pacific, mobile broadband is achieving strong take-up, providing additional incremental revenue to operators' use of advanced 3G networks' data capabilities

- Mobile television subscriber growth is anticipated to be strongest in Asia over the next year, especially in South Korea and Japan

- Fiber optic networks are gaining popularity in the region, particularly in major cities and high-density areas such as Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

- Although fuel prices and higher inflation pose a risk to economic growth in the region, most Asia-Pacific telecoms markets are poised to grow this year

Key Topics Covered:

Current Environment - Sector Overview - Sector Performance - Leading Companies - Merger and Acquisition Activity Industry Profile - Industry Size and Value - Sector Investment - Research and Development - Policy and Regulatory Environment Market Trends and Outlook - Consumers Embrace Touch Screen Phones - Mobile Broadband Gets Strong Take-up - Smartphone Market Enjoys Growth - Mobile TV Market Firm - Fiber Connections Remain Popular - Market Outlook Country Profiles - Australia - China and Hong Kong - India - Japan - Singapore - South Korea - Currency Conversion Table - Key References - The Scope of this Report - Comparative Data Reports - Coverage

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