GSMA Mobile 360 Series - The Mobile Economy Report Series

The Mobile Economy Report Series


The GSMA Mobile Economy series provides the latest insights on the state of the mobile industry worldwide. Produced by our renowned in-house research team, GSMA Intelligence, these reports contain a range of technology, socio-economic and financial datasets, including forecasts out to 2025.

The global version of the report is published annually at MWC Barcelona, while regional editions are published throughout the year at M360 events, MWC Shanghai and MWC Americas. Find the most recent editions in the series below.

2019 Reports

The Mobile Economy Latin America 2019

By 2023, mobile’s contribution to the Latin American economy will reach just over $300 billion as countries increasingly benefit from the increased uptake of mobile services and the associated improvements in productivity and efficiency.

La Economía Móvil en América Latina 2019

Para 2023, la contribución de la tecnología móvil a la economía latinoamericana superará los US$300.000 millones, a medida que los países continúen beneficiándose del aumento en la adopción de servicios móviles y las derivadas mejoras en productividad y eficiencia.

The Mobile Economy MENA 2019

By 2023, mobile’s contribution in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will reach just over $220 billion as countries increasingly benefit from the improvements in productivity and efficiency brought about by the increased take-up of mobile services.

The Mobile Economy Russia & CIS 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an area where mobile operators can grow their business beyond traditional communications. Industrial IoT connections in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will see strong growth out to 2025, driven by increased interest in smart cities and smart utilities.

The Mobile Economy Sub-Saharan Africa 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa will remain the fastest growing region, with a CAGR of 4.6% and an additional 167 million subscribers over the period to 2025. This will take the total subscriber base to just over 600 million, representing around half the population.

The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2019

The Mobile Economy Asia Pacific 2019 gives critical insight into a hugely diverse region. Across Asia Pacific countries are at very different stages of digital development. Consequently, the policy frameworks for a digital society vary as national governments address their own unique challenges.

The Mobile Economy Report Pacific Islands 2019

Mobile technology can play a pivotal role in the digital transformation of the Pacific Islands, enabling access to life-enhancing services in areas such as health and education, while proving a catalyst for innovation and economic growth, with the promise of new jobs and increased tax revenues.

The Mobile Economy Report China 2019

China is a huge mobile market, nearly four times the size of North America, with 1.2 billion unique subscribers at the end of 2018. Over 97% of these come from mainland China, with the remainder spread across three other markets – Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

The Mobile Economy Report 2019

Of the 710 million people expected to subscribe to mobile services for the first time over the next seven years, half will come from the Asia Pacific region and just under a quarter will come from Sub-Saharan Africa. Find out more global and regional insights in The Mobile Economy 2019.

2018 Reports

The Mobile Economy Report Latin America and the Caribbean 2018

The mobile ecosystem is a major contributor to the regional economy as mobile technologies and services generated 5% of GDP in Latin America in 2017, a contribution that amounted to $280 billion of economic value added. Find out more of our the latest insights into the LATAM region with the Mobile Economy report.

The Mobile Economy Report MENA 2018

Between 2017 and 2025, the MENA region will see the fastest subscriber growth rate of any region except Sub-Saharan Africa. Advanced MENA markets are also at the forefront of innovation, with the GCC Arab States in particular looking to be global leaders in the deployment of 5G networks.

The Mobile Economy Report Russia & CIS 2018

Our new study reveals how Russia will lead the CIS region into the 5G era over the coming years, as operators invest in rapidly building out 5G coverage across the country’s population, following the launch of the region’s first 5G networks in 2020.

The Mobile Economy Report Europe 2018

The 2018 edition of the GSMA report The Mobile Economy Europe highlights key developments and the outlook for the mobile industry, the contribution of the mobile ecosystem to economic growth and social development, and the role of mobile in driving consumer engagement and innovation in the region.

The Mobile Economy Report North America 2018

North America has the highest levels of mobile internet penetration, mobile broadband and smartphone adoption globally. Its mobile industry is now preparing for 5G, which will reach half the region’s total mobile connections by 2025.

The Mobile Economy Report Sub-Saharan Africa 2018

For many consumers across Sub-Saharan Africa, mobiles are not just a communication device but also the primary channel for getting online and a vital tool to access life-enhancing services.

The Mobile Economy Report Asia Pacific 2018

Asia Pacific has been the biggest contributor to global subscriber growth in recent years and still has room for growth. As of the end of 2017, there were 2.7 billion unique mobile subscribers in Asia Pacific.

The Mobile Economy Report West Africa 2018

Mobile adoption has grown rapidly in West Africa in recent years, helped by the expansion of mobile networks to underserved communities and the increasing affordability of services and device costs.

The Mobile Economy Report 2018

Having surpassed 5 billion people connected to mobile services in 2017, the global mobile industry will reach further milestones over the next eight years.