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Smartphone penetration in Southeast Asia hits 63%

IT GOES without saying we love our smartphones and tablets, and here is some data from a recently concluded analysis by Ericsson ConsumerLab in Southeast Asia to prove it.

According to the study, smartphone penetration increased from 47 per cent in 2012 to 63 per cent this year while tablet penetration increased almost threefold from 14 per cent in 2012 to 39 per cent in 2013.

The study is based on an online survey which queried 500 urban users who use the Internet daily, and are aged between 16 and 60.

Besides voice calls and SMS, the need to connect to the Internet is one of the key drivers for buying a smartphone, said Afrizal Abdul Rahim, Ericsson (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd regional head for its ConsumerLab.

There is a clear change in mobile data usage. Users now prefer instant messaging, social networking and video streaming, he said.

The strong adoption could be due to increased promotions for apps like WeChat, Line and Kakao Talk over TV and online media.

He also said that 17 per cent of the respondents indicated that they would buy a smartphone within the next six months.

Also, the monthly data consumption of the average smartphone user is expected to quadruple to an average of 2GB of data per user in 2018, signalling the need for operators to increase of the bandwidth of networks.

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