Central Asia is hungry for mobile

01 January 2010 |


Central Asia’s emerging markets will continue flocking to mobile telecoms services over the next five years, with subscriber bases growing about 13% per year and revenues growing by 8% annually through 2013, according to Pyramid Research’s report Emerging Mobile Markets of Central Asia: The Game Is On.

The report covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Central Asia’s large population, its almost non-existent fixed telecommunications, and its comparatively low mobile penetration all point to considerable growth potential for mobile operators in the region, according to Pyramid, which expects over 26.5 million subscriptions to be added in these markets between 2008 and 2013, a 13% CAGR. This is roughly equal to, and potentially even higher than, the total net additions in the central and eastern European region in the same period.

Pyramid Research believes revenue growth will lag subscriber growth as operators add more lower-income users.