A recent government decision to double taxes on mobile subscriptions and cellular phones will significantly affect this growth in terms of mobile data consumption, such as watching videos and surfing the Internet, the experts said.
"After the tax decision, which has already impacted spending on telecom services and revenues by about 10 per cent,
According to a recent report by global networking giant
In addition, there will be nearly 850,000,000 mobile users in the
Global mobile data traffic grew 70 per cent in 2012, which is 7 per cent less than growth in the
Last year's global mobile data traffic was nearly 12 times the size of the "entire global Internet in 2000"; Global mobile data traffic in 2012 reached 885 petabytes per month, while in 2000 it was about 75 petabytes per month, the report showed.
"After the government increased taxes on mobile subscriptions from 12 to 24 per cent, mobile users started reducing their spending. They [users] are not likely to spend more on the Internet to consume more gigabytes and this will affect mobile data traffic," a telecom sector expert told The
"Telecom companies are not likely to reduce prices of mobile data packages, as the competition is already fierce in the market and they face many challenges, especially with the proposed increase in their income tax. Therefore, mobile data growth will be lower in
Shamlawi said the lack of Fourth Generation (4G) services in
According to latest studies in the sector, about 40 per cent of smartphone owners in
Around 50 per cent of mobiles used in
Smartphones constituted only 18 per cent of total global handsets in use in 2012, but represented 92 per cent of total global handset traffic, according to the
In 2012, the typical smartphone generated 50 times more mobile data traffic (about 342 megabytes per month) than the typical basic-feature cell phone, (which generated only 6.8 megabytes per month), the report said.
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