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Mobile services worldwide: trends and forecasts 2017–2022

Julia Martusewicz-Kulinska Senior Analyst, Research

"Increasing smartphone penetration, improving 4G coverage, OTT application adoption and the high demand for media streaming on mobiles will drive data usage and mobile handset revenue worldwide."

This report examines key trends and drivers and provides comprehensive mobile telecoms market forecast worldwide and for eight individually modelled regions: Central and Eastern Europe, developed Asia–Pacific, emerging Asia–Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa, North America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe.

This report provides:

  • a 5-year forecast of 127 mobile KPIs for the worldwide telecoms markets and eight geographical regions
  • an in-depth analysis of the trends, drivers and forecast assumptions for each type of mobile service, and for eight geographical regions
  • an overview of operator strategies and region-specific topics, in order to highlight similarities and differences by means of a cross-region comparison
  • a summary of results, key implications and recommendations for mobile operators.


Geographical coverage


Key performance indicators

Regions modelled

  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)
  • Developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP)
  • Emerging Asia–Pacific (EMAP)
  • Latin America (LATAM)
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • North America (NA)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Western Europe (WE)



  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Prepaid, contract
  • 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G
  • Smartphone,


Mobile voice traffic

  • Outgoing minutes, MoU



  • Service, retail
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset, mobile broadband, IoT
  • Handset voice, messaging, data

Mobile ARPU

  • SIMs, handset
  • Prepaid, contract
  • Handset voice, data