GSMA Announces Asia Pacific Could Generate US$1 Trillion In GDP Through Spectrum Harmonisation For Mobile Broadband
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GSMA Announces Asia Pacific Could Generate US$1 Trillion In GDP Through Spectrum Harmonisation For Mobile Broadband

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GSMA Announces Asia Pacific Could Generate US$1 Trillion In GDP Through Spectrum Harmonisation For Mobile Broadband PR Newswire LONDON, July 9, 2012 - Allocation of the 700MHz 'Digital Dividend' Band to Mobile Services Will Create New Jobs, Support Business Innovation and Generate Government Revenues LONDON, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia Pacific is on the cusp of a significant opportunity to unlock US$1 trillion in GDP growth by 2020 through the harmonised adoption of the 700MHz spectrum band for mobile services, according to new research from the GSMA, in partnership with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). As part of this economic growth, there is the potential to create 2.7 million new jobs, support 1.4 million new businesses[1] and increase government revenues by US$171 billion. "To realise this immense potential, it is imperative that the region works together to swiftly implement the harmonised 700MHz band plan for mobile services," said Chris Perera, Senior Director, Spectrum Policy & Regulatory Affairs, GSMA. "Rapid adoption and alignment would generate huge cost efficiencies in both network technology and devices, and ultimately make mobile services more accessible and affordable for consumers.

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GSMA Announces Asia Pacific Could Generate
US$1 Trillion In GDP Through Spectrum
Harmonisation For Mobile Broadband
PR Newswire
LONDON, July 9, 2012
- Allocation of the 700MHz 'Digital Dividend' Band to Mobile Services Will Create
New Jobs, Support Business Innovation and Generate Government Revenues
LONDON
,
July 9, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Asia Pacific
is on the cusp of a significant
opportunity to unlock
US$1 trillion
in GDP growth by 2020 through the
harmonised adoption of the 700MHz spectrum band for mobile services,
according to new research from the GSMA, in partnership with The Boston
Consulting Group (BCG). As part of this economic growth, there is the potential
to create 2.7 million new jobs, support 1.4 million new businesses[1] and
increase government revenues by
US$171 billion
.
"To realise this immense potential, it is imperative that the region works
together to swiftly implement the harmonised 700MHz band plan for mobile
services," said Chris Perera, Senior Director, Spectrum Policy & Regulatory
Affairs, GSMA. "Rapid adoption and alignment would generate huge cost
efficiencies in both network technology and devices, and ultimately make
mobile services more accessible and affordable for consumers."
Since the plan was implemented in
September 2010
by the Asia Pacific
Telecommunity (APT), a number of countries across the region have either
announced their commitment or have shown confidence including
Australia
,
India
,
Japan
,
New Zealand
and
Thailand
, with
Japan
and
Papua New Guinea
recently awarding licenses. Furthermore, at the 2012 World
Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-12) in
Geneva
, telecoms regulators in
other regions, including
Africa
,
Latin America
and the
Middle East
, have
expressed an interest in the APT band plan.
For
Asia Pacific
to fully realise the
US$1 trillion
opportunity between 2014 and
2020, it is imperative there is no delay in spectrum allocation and deployment.
Even a delay of one year, from 2014 to 2015, could result in a loss of more
than
US$40 billion
of incremental GDP growth across the region, and a delay of
two years from 2014 to 2016 could result in a loss of
US$138 billion
in GDP
growth. A one-year or two-year delay could also result in up to 500,000 or
900,000 fewer jobs being created respectively.
Asia Pacific
countries that do not follow the APT band plan will cause
interference up to 100 kilometres on both sides of their borders, also limiting
their neighbours' ability to utilise their own spectrum to its maximum extent.
Furthermore, this will increase the cost of mobile devices since these will need
to be customised to work across differing spectrum bands.
According to the study, non-compliant countries would experience 5 per cent
less economic gain, 30 per cent less job growth, 30 per cent less new business
and 18 per cent less government revenue. Countries neighbouring non-
compliant countries would also lose up to 3 per cent of GDP growth, up to 10
per cent of job creation, up to 11 per cent of new business growth and up to 12
per cent government revenue.
"The availability of the 700MHz band, as a result of the switchover from
analogue to digital TV services, presents a unique opportunity for spectrum
harmonisation across
Asia Pacific
," said Vaishali Rastogi, partner at BCG. "It
offers the potential to create a coherent ecosystem for LTE and allow
manufacturers to quickly roll out standardised devices in multiple territories.
This would lower prices and enable more people to access the benefits of the
Internet more quickly."
For further information on and a copy of the report please visit:
www.gsma.com/spectrum/spectrum-
resources/BCG_spectrum_fragmentation_AP
Notes to editors
[1] Includes new independent businesses and new departments/units/business
areas within existing firms
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning
more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile
operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile
ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment
providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations.
The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as the Mobile World
Congress and Mobile Asia Expo.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at
www.gsma.com or Mobile World Live, the online portal for the mobile
communications industry, at www.mobileworldlive.com