The mobile world race

Developing economies will gain an edge over the legacy burdened first world

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The mobile world race Anders Lindblad from Ericsson says by 2018 700m mobile subscribers will be added to the MEA region.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 9, 2013

Developing economies will gain an edge over the legacy burdened first world.

The mobile centric IT model will define the whole client computing world for the next 10 to 20 years, with the developing countries gaining an edge over the legacy network burdened developed world, according to David Clearly, VP & Gartner Fellow at Gartner Research.

“We are going to see a first world/ third world split, but it is not that the third world can’t access the mobile ecosystem. Some of the very high bandwidth applications may be more difficult to access in the third world, but the shift to the mobile centric world is happening faster in developing countries,” said Clearly.

According to Ericsson, in the first quarter of 2013, eight million net mobile subscriptions were added in the Middle East, and this figure is only set to exponentially increase.

“Seven-hundred million mobile subscriptions are to be added in the Middle East and Africa by the end of 2018. This major transformation in the ICT industry is being accompanied by a demand for high volumes of data transfer. End-users are now expecting HD on their smartphones,” said Anders Lindblad, president Ericsson Middle East Region.

However, there will be the issue of raw bandwidth in very heavy consumption applications such as video, big data and personal cloud applications, so there will be some mobility areas where the developed world will have better infrastructure and advanced capabilities.

“First world countries are dealing with a lot of legacy issues and the third world will come up with innovative low cost options to deliver this. The need for companies to deliver both of these worlds will drive mobility innovations,” said Clearly.

The mobile application model is also shifting and applications five years from now will look nothing like applications do today, according to Gartner. More simple, targeted, focused applications in the mobile world will start to be the standard model.

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