Hong Kong, India, Canada, Austria, France and the UK are starting to face declines in voice usage
Increase in mobile penetration and proliferation of mobile broadband continues to boost wireless service revenue with mobile internet revenue expected to reach $100bn in 2010, according to a report by ABI Research.
Global wireless service revenue crossed $159bn in third quarter of 2010, of which data services account for nearly one third.
The firm revealed that mobile internet revenue to increase at 20% from the previous year and almost three times more than revenue earned five years ago.
According to ABI research report, the uptake of mobile broadband has increasingly revolutionised network operators’ strategies, as consumers are now spending more time on social networking, blogging and online gaming, and they need to stay connected everywhere.
This has pushed network operators around the world to build next-gen data networks to gain market share and deploy LTE networks.
ABI Research practice director Neil Strother said a handful of markets including Hong Kong, India, Canada, Austria, France and the UK are starting to face declines in voice usage.
"The resulting loss of revenue is compounded by a growing subscriber base that uses the Internet for social communication," Strother said.
"New applications such as Skype video calling and Whatsapp messaging are expected to capture additional market share."
The report said that the rising mobile data usage and revenue trend to continue through 2011, coupled with more focus on mobile applications.