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Fifteen million mobile web users forecast

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The number of unique cellular users is expected to increase from approximately 35 million this year to just less than 42 million by 2013. This is according to the SA Consumer Handset Model and Cellular Activities Report, recently released by ICT market research and analysis firm BMI-TechKnowledge.


Consumers are predominantly using prepaid payment mechanisms, especially amongst lower income users, and this is unlikely to change significantly in the near future. Nevertheless, mobile internet browsing and mobile email access are expected to increase rapidly, with the report forecasting over 15 million users accessing the Internet directly or indirectly on their handsets by 2013.


Ryan Smit, consumer market analyst at BMI-T and author of the report, notes that handset trends such as media-orientated handsets, navigation handsets, and touch screen interfaces indicate that consumers are demanding higher functionality from their handsets, with convergence becoming more and more prevalent.


New operating systems such as iPhone OS and the Android platform have opened up many possibilities, especially when viewed in combination with their application stores which offer the user the ability to buy and install applications directly from his handset.


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Souce: Bizcommunity


Chris Vermeulen – Bandwidth Barn



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November 30, 2008 at 4:34 am

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