Wi-Fi continues to be a popular wireless service in Asia–Pacific and it can affect, and be affected by, 4G roll-outs depending on mobile operator pricing and market strategies.
This Viewpoint provides insights into public (not home or office) Wi-Fi data traffic trends in the Asia–Pacific (APAC) region overall and at a country level. It also provides an overview of public Wi-Fi business models, and suggests innovative ways to monetise public Wi-Fi networks for mobile network operators (MNOs) in the APAC region.
The Viewpoint answers the following key questions:
How is public Wi-Fi used in different countries in APAC and what are the data trends?
How is consumer online behaviour impacted by Wi-Fi and LTE services?
What are the main Wi-Fi business models and revenue generation methods?
How can operators ensure that their Wi-Fi investments remain relevant and valuable?
It is accompanied by an Excel file that features details of the Wi-Fi offerings of the major operators, and the scale of public Wi-Fi deployments in developed Asia–Pacific (DVAP) countries.
The following companies are mentioned in this Report.
Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Holdings (3)
SmarTone Mobile Communications
Table of Contents
Executive summary Recommendations: How to ensure that Wi-Fi deployments remain relevant and valuable The volume of private Wi-Fi and mobile data dwarfs that of public Wi-Fi data, but public Wi-Fi can act as a companion to mobile networks Few countries have high levels of public Wi-Fi offloading – the reasons are different for each country MNOs can exert control over public Wi-Fi use with pricing and data quota strategies, but depend on good Wi-Fi availability as well China is exceptional in terms of Wi-Fi usage – public Wi-Fi data traffic far exceeds that of mobile data, but LTE is reversing this trend Government initiatives, such as [email protected] in Singapore, and incumbent operators, such as in Hong Kong, can drive public Wi-Fi usage The volume of traffic offloaded onto public Wi-Fi is low even in developed markets with high volumes of mobile traffic and strong Wi-Fi coverage Consumer behaviour in relation to Wi-Fi may change as LTE becomes more pervasive, but Wi-Fi remains a popular service Deploying Wi-Fi can address several challenges that MNOs face on their cellular networks Pervasive LTE affects only one of the four main types of Wi-Fi business model: proactive public Wi-Fi deployment Operators in Asia–Pacific use multiple methods to generate Wi-Fi revenue – there is no single opportunity Operators in developed markets mostly use bundling to monetise Wi-Fi, but other opportunities are available Proactive Wi-Fi operators should explore new revenue streams to combat the risk of declining public Wi-Fi traffic and revenue About the authors and Analysys Mason
List of Figures
Figure 1: Telecoms operators covered in this report [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 2: Recommended strategies for operators to monetise public Wi-Fi deployments [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 3: Wireless network data traffic by type, developed Asia–Pacific, 2012–2019 [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 4: Wireless network data traffic by type, emerging Asia–Pacific, 2012–2019 [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 5: Public Wi-Fi as a percentage of wireless data traffic compared with mobile data traffic per connection, by country, Asia–Pacific, 2013 Figure 6: Combinations of mobile and Wi-Fi usage [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 7: Wireless data traffic by type and public Wi-Fi’s share of that traffic, China, 2012–2019 [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 8: Wi-Fi hotspots by operator, China, 2013 [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 9: [email protected]’s registered subscribers and usage, Singapore, December 2006–June 2013 [Source: Info-communications Development Authority of Singapore, 2013] Figure 10: Wi-Fi hotspots by operator, Hong Kong, 2014 [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 11: Public Wi-Fi hotspots by operator, Jap Figure 12: Wireless data traffic and public Wi-Fi’s share of that traffic, South Korea, January 2012–September 2014 [Source: Korea Communications Commission, 2015] Figure 13: Wireless data traffic and public Wi-Fi’s share of that traffic, Japan, 2012–2019 [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 14: Consumer usage of Wi-Fi on mobile phones to connect to the Internet, selected countries, Asia–Pacific [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 15: Consumers’ main reasons for using Wi-Fi, selected countries, Asia–Pacific [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 16: Four main types of Wi-Fi business model and strategy [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 17: Wi-Fi monetisation revenue streams, traditional retail services, Asia–Pacific [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 18: Operators’ adoption of traditional retail Wi-Fi services, by country, Asia–Pacific [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015] Figure 19: Wi-Fi monetisation revenue streams, innovative services, Asia–Pacific [Source: Analysys Mason, 2015
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