1.5 Billion New Mobile Connections to Have Great Impact in Asia

July 2, 2013
Greater mobile connectivity in Asia would not only aid the desire for a more connected lifestyle, but could also be a great asset to the collective economy.

Because of the impact connected devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) communications will have on the automotive, education, health, and “smart city” industries in Asia, it is estimated that 1.5 billion new mobile connections will be added to the Internet by 2017. The growth of having a so-called “Connected Life,” or connecting people to everything around them via mobile products and services, has sparked the need for more connections.

These projections are made in a report developed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC and the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA and released at Mobile Asia Expo 2013. The report states that reducing traffic congestion through the use of mobile-enabled vehicle telematics could add to US $22 billion in economic productivity in China alone. Installing mobile-enabled smart meters in India could potentially save enough electricity to power more than 10 million homes. The adoption of mobile technologies for remote monitoring within the Japanese healthcare system could also reportedly save the country $10 billion. Even the use of mobile-enhanced learning in South Korea could reduce individual lifetime education costs by over $12,000.

About the Author

Iliza Sokol | Associate Digital Editor

Iliza joined the Penton Media group in 2013 after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Prior to joining the staff, she worked at NYLON Magazine and a ghostwriting firm based in New York.

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