*Emerging market operators claim larger stake of international mobile market*
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*Russian mobile market fifth largest in the world*
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*Balance of power set to tip further in Emerging Markets’ favour*
The size, shape and relative clout of the world’s global mobile markets is undergoing a major transformation, according to a new study released today by the Altimo Foundation, the non-profit organization established to promote the social investment initiatives of Altimo in emerging markets. Produced in partnership with academics at Cass Business School, Moscow’s New Economics School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, today’s study suggests that emerging market mobile operators now account for a bigger stake than ever before of the Global mobile market’s “market cap.”
The study, entitled “The Value of the World's Mobile Industry, 2008 -2013” provides a means of measuring the value – or market capitalisation – of the global mobile market by assessing the scale of all global mobile operators: be they private or publicly held.
Emerging markets - evening the score
The study found that mobile market ‘clout’ is now more heavily weighted towards the emerging markets than might at first be imagined. “The West,” including North America and Western Europe and home to international giants such as AT&T, Vodafone and Telefonica, now accounts for just 40% of the total market capitalisation of the world’s mobile telecoms assets. The “Emerging World,” incorporating Asia, Africa, the CIS and Eastern Europe, now accounts for the lion’s share at 60% evening the score for the first time ever in the history of mobile communications.
Clash of the titans – a new balance of power
The study also noted a significant shift in the balance of power within the world’s six largest mobile markets. Taken together these six leading markets – USA, China, India, Japan, Russia and the UK – account for a half of the total capitalization of the world’s mobile telecoms industry. Most notably, the Indian market, with a total value of $129 billion, now outstrips that of Japan at $123 billion, a region known as having a highly developed mobile market. Perhaps of even more significance is the fact that China, with a 14% global share, is now fast approaching the US with 17%. And Russia, one of the countries to adapt so rapidly to the mobile communications revolution in the last decade, is now the fifth largest mobile market in the world, by market cap.
A continuing shift
Looking ahead, the study finds that penetration trends within emerging markets such as India, Vietnam and the Philippines are likely to continue to drive the...