Top Emerging Markets for Mobile InternetJune 29, 2016
Emerging markets are exploding in developing countries
People who live in developing areas of the world may not have access to multiple devices. The cost to have a phone and a computer may be too high. For them, the smart phone has become their main portal to the Internet. It’s affordable, portable and has everything they need for communications. That’s why the top emerging markets for mobile Internet are in these countries.
Apart from using their mobile device to conduct business, users also search, make purchases, and stream music and video through their phones. The smartphone has become a way of life.
- 4.8 billion people globally will use mobile phones in 2016 Forrester Research
- Mobile Internet users to top 2 billion (44% of the worlds population) in 2016 International Data Corporation IDC
Bottom line: We’re approaching a Mobile Tipping Point when mobile usage exceeds that of all other devices combined. The Global Web Index predicts this will happen in 2018.
Whenever you talk streaming video, that’s when the need for colocation and peering enters the picture.
As Colocation Infrastructure becomes increasingly saturated in the biggest markets—like the US, Europe and parts of Asia—investors are on the hunt for new, emerging markets.
Myanmar opens its doors
Three years ago, Myanmar (formerly Burma) was Asia’s “‘least developed’ telecommunications market, where less than 12.3 percent of the population had access to a basic mobile phone”—Fortune Magazine announced back in September 2014.
In the landmark 2015 election, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a majority in both houses, starting the country on a path to true democracy that followed many years of civil war and a military government. This has opened the country to new development and a more open market.
Since that time, “Billions of dollars in foreign investment have begun to pour into Myanmar, igniting what some people predict to be the world’s fastest-ever deployment of mobile services.”—Fortune
KDDI, parent company to Telehouse and Sumitomo Trading Corporation are among the businesses building telecom infrastructure here. Learn more here
KDDI Myanmar has not only built infrastructure, but also offers a full range of a full range of onsite business, resource, Cloud and Data solutions.
Africa and South America are getting online at breakneck speed
Smartphone prices are more competitive than ever and cheaper phones make owning one easier. All you need is an Internet connection. With a flattening of the new user market in the US, Europe and most of Asia, the opposite is happening in Africa and South America.
Construction Boom Intersects With Data Needs
Last January, Research and Markets forecasted an upswing in global Data Center construction. They estimate the industry to reach $22.73B by 2019. That trend, at least in part, includes transforming Colocation facilities into Mega Data Centers.
The Data Center is always at the core of infrastructure. The expanding global network is making our big world smaller by connecting its people and its businesses in an instant.