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The regulatory and policy functions of the Radiocommunication Sector are performed by World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences and Radiocommunication Assemblies supported by Study Groups.
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Series of ITU-R Reports
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A3.2 New type of devices, such as smartphones, dongles, tablets 51
A3.3 Mobile Internet usage is increasing 54
A3.4 Huge increase of mobile software applications offerings (Apps) 58
A3.5 Video traffic is growing dramatically 59
A3.6 Media rich social networks go mobile 61
A3.7 Machine-to-machine traffic is growing and expanding to new applications 62
A3.8 More capable network – user experience improvement 64
A3.9 Broader user-age demographics and its impact on traffic demand 65
A3.10 Other trends identified in addition to above key trends 67
A4.1 Regulator views 75
A4.2 Industry views 77
A4.3 Global IMT subscriber development forecast 88
A5.1 Introduction 89
A6.1 International broadband initiatives 92
A6.2 Regional broadband initiatives 92
A6.3 National broadband plans 93
This Report reviews both the market and traffic forecasts for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) that were developed in previous study periods (extending from 20002007) and assesses the current perspectives and future needs of mobile broadband that would be supported by IMT over the next decade (20122022). It also presents new traffic forecasts provided by a number of industry sources for the forecast up to 2015 and one source for the forecast between 2015 and 2020 taking into account new market trends and market drivers.
See also relevant portions of reports from the UN Broadband Commission2 as appropriate.
Figure 1 below indicates the fixed and mobile broadband penetrations in percentages for different regions of the world. Most notable is Africa where fixed broadband is virtually non-existent and yet mobile broadband is growing. The Americas in Figure 1 includes North, Central and South America.
Fixed and mobile broadband penetration in 20103
New types of mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, and new user behaviours have emerged. These developments were not foreseen in the last study period (before WRC-07), though it appears these trends will continue into the future.
Application stores for various mobile platforms have created a large new market. The use of mobile Applications has increased mobile broadband traffic significantly and would still increase it dramatically.
According to the various new forecasts, it is indicated that global mobile data traffic in the year 2015 would be much higher than the traffic in the year 2010 and this growth according to one source is estimated to continue to be strong between 2015 and 2020.
Based on the study of global mobile broadband deployments and forecasts for IMT, this Report clearly indicates that the ITU-R should consider this increasing mobile broadband traffic demand in the next study period.
In this report, at several places, there are statistics and information relating to the development of IMT which may indicate the situation in specific geographical regions, geographical locations, and/or group of countries. These statistics should not be considered reflecting the actual situation in other geographical regions, geographical locations, and/or group of other countries.