Asia Pacific would enjoy $1.2 trillion of GDP growth and see up to 35 million new jobs created by 2020 if it presses ahead with increasing broadband connections in the region, telecom industry body GSMA claims.
Telecom Lead points out that the estimate follows an earlier prediction from GSMA which suggested there would be a global shortfall of mobile spectrum of between 600 and 800 MHz.
The new report, which was developed by Analysys Mason in association with Chinese operator Huawei, predicts that growth in mobile data subscribers in China, using 3G and 4G networks, will see some 15,000 petabytes of data consumed per year on China's mobile networks by 2019.
China mobile networks' data will represent the lion's share in the Asia Pacific, with a quarter of all traffic forecast for the entire region set to emanate from the country, and will result in a compound annual growth rate of more than 55% between now and 2019.
GSMA says that just a 10 percentage point increase in broadband connections can produce an increase anywhere between 0.26% and 0.92% in GDP and that for every extra 1,000 broadband connections, 33 new jobs are created.
As things stand, there will be three billion mobile broadband – 3G and 4G – connections in the Asia Pacific region by 2020, consuming over 50,000 petabytes of data per year.
The publication says that in order for Asia Pacific to remain at the top of the tree in terms of 4G, operators will need to use spectrum in multiple bands.
To embark towards the sort of growth the report suggests is possible, networks will need to have ensured they have the resources to accommodate different traffic loads and cater for the connection of many more types of devices.