The ABI Research study "World Financial Crisis and the Mobile Services Market" indicates that despite current economic uncertainties, mobile services revenues will continue to grow at nearly 1.2 percent through 2014, a 0.5 percent loss over pre-crisis conditions.
Economically, North America has been hit hardest. But mobile data services growth are expected to exceed 8 percent through 2014 even in the worst recovery scenario and should shield mobile services revenues against growing voice pricing pressures.
While stimulus packages are helping power the Asia Pacific region through the financial crisis and limiting unemployment loss, regional operators derive a large portion of their data revenues from content downloads. These products would be the first casualties of an extended recession, particularly with APAC’s substantial prepay base.