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Mobile Value Added Services (VAS) Market By Platform [Short Message Service (SMS), Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) and Others]; By Application [Mobile Browsing, Location Based Services, Entertainment Services (Audio Entertainment, Video Entertainment, Mobile Digital Gaming, and Others), Mobile Texting, and Others]; and By End User (Consumer, Enterprise, Network Provider) – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2027

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Extensive insights into the Growth of Mobile Value Added Services (VAS) Market amidst COVID-19

Before we witness the stabilization of economic growth in Europe and North America, Asia Pacific is estimated to bounce back progressively with countries such as China, India, South Korea and Japan witnessing more opportunities to recover from the losses sustained during COVID-19.

Being the biggest market in Eastern Europe, Russia is estimated to take the lowest hit, offering a sigh of relief to the businesses operating in the country. Whereas, GCC is estimated to observe low investments due to the sliding prices of crude oil.

We evaluate the strategies and commitment of the Giant Players in the market towards creating products and services that customers value and rely on.

In an attempt to control and eliminate the surge of coronavirus cases and meet the demand for required medical devices along with providing efficient medical services, there is a drastic shift of investments from authoritative bodies towards the healthcare sector. Where the aftermath of this pandemic may take years to be measured, Research Nester estimates notable expansion of e-health, gaming, and media and entertainment industries till the whole situation is contained and the plan of action for the recovery process is determined. There is an estimated probability of the growth in businesses going back a year if the condition is controlled in the next 2-3 months.                                                         Request Insights

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  • November 2019: Aakash Educational Services Ltd. (AESL) have announced the strategic tie-up with Samsung India to offer value added services to students so as to enable and enhance digital learning.

  • October 2019: Telenor Group have released its financial results for the third quarter 2019 and stated that that group’s performance in Norway, in terms of mobile subscription and traffic revenues, grew by 3% owing to continued upselling to larger data bundles and increased demand for value added services.

Introduction to Mobile Value Added Services (VAS)

Value added services or VAS is referred to all the non-core services, i.e. all services apart from standard voice calls and fax transmissions, offered in the telecom industry. Primarily targeted to promote an operator’s business, VAS spurs mobile subscribers to increasingly use their mobile devices so as to allow the operator to pull up the average revenue per user (ARPU).

Benefits of Mobile VAS

Market Size and Forecast

The global mobile VAS market is thriving on the back of growing mobile economy, which includes the growing mobile services industry, rising internet penetration, and rising number of individuals accessing the internet among others. According to GSM Association (GSMA), by the end of 2018, 5.1 billion people around the world subscribed to mobile services, which accounted for 67% of the global population. Further, it also stated that a total of 1 billion new subscribers have been added in the four years since 2013, representing an average annual growth rate of 5%. Furthermore, it also anticipated that around 710 million people are expected to subscribe to mobile services over the next seven years from 2019. GSMA also stated that in the year 2018, mobile technologies and services generated USD 3.9 trillion of economic value, which was around 4.6% of GDP globally, and is further anticipated to reach a contribution of USD 4.8 trillion by 2023, which is around 4.8% of the global GDP contribution. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT

The Mobile Economy

The market is anticipated to record a CAGR of around 10.24% throughout the forecast period, 2019-2027. The global mobile VAS market is segmented by application into mobile browsing, location based services, entertainment services, mobile texting and others, out of which, entertainment services segment is anticipated to hold the largest market share. The entertainment services provided in the smartphones have become a key platform for the digital advertisement industry. The entertainment apps collect consumer data, which in turn helps the advertisers to customize their ad preferences for the consumers. Moreover, these apps also provide a source of revenue generation by the means of customized advertisements being placed in the apps.

Additionally, the global digital gaming market is anticipated to record a CAGR of around 16.5% over the forecast period (2019-2027). The spur in the digital gaming industry is also anticipated to impact positively towards the growth of the mobile digital gaming sub-segment of the entertainment services segment. All of these factors together are anticipated to drive the growth of the segment in the global mobile VAS market.

mobile VAS market

Growth Drivers

Shifting Trend For Multipurpose Mobile Devices

With the increasing penetration of smartphones and the rapid usage of the device amongst the users, the demand for value added services is growing in the users of the mobile phones who have a great need for connectivity and portability. Consumers have explored the device by not just limiting its application to phone calls, but also have turned the mobile devices into a multipurpose device. Owing to such a factor, users are now able to access apps, read the news, surf the web, check e-mails on the go and have great social media interaction. Moreover, with the growing demand for faster telecommunication services and high rate of internet penetration, the demand for value added services is anticipated to multiply at a rapid pace. Additionally, numerous benefits available with the arena of mobile value added services is also anticipated to contribute significantly towards the growth of the global mobile value added services market.

Growing Demand for Value Based Content

There is a rising demand amongst consumers for the study of various informative contents while on the go. Advancement in smartphone technology, advancements in mobile networks, and the increasing adoption of 5G mobile network technology, all of these factors have helped users access various type of contents as per their need. The contents can be accessed through various definitive mediums, such as, videos, audios, texts, and others. Owing to such a factor, content developers in association with mobile value added services providers are developing content so as to reach the users in its own definitive way. Moreover, with users spending more time for commutation, and the convenience of handheld devices being able to access to any data around the globe is also helping to raise the demand for large quantity of quality contents. The demand for value based content amongst consumers, which is streamlined as a value added service revenue generating model, is anticipated to drive the growth of the global mobile value added services market.

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Concern For Data Privacy

Data privacy concerns observed in the mobile value added services ecosystem, which might limit the users and restrict from using these services is anticipated to act as a key restraint to the growth of the global mobile VAS market during the forecast period.

Market Segmentation

Our in-depth analysis of the global mobile VAS market includes the following segments:

By Platform

  • Short Message Service (SMS)
  • Interactive Voice & Video Response (IVVR)
  • Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)
  • Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)
  • Others

By Application

  • Mobile Browsing
  • Location Based Services
  • Entertainment Services
    • Audio Entertainment
    • Video Entertainment
    • Mobile Digital Gaming
    • Others
  • Mobile Texting
  • Others

By End User

  • Consumer
  • Enterprise
  • Network Provider

By Region

On the basis of regional analysis, the global mobile VAS market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region.

Europe is expected to hold largest market share on the back of growing mobile engagement levels in the region, especially with countries such as Finland and Germany, where the engagement levels are anticipated to multiply at a rapid pace. Moreover, growing mobile data usage in the region is also anticipated to contribute significantly towards the growth of the market in the region. According to the statistics by the GSMA, global mobile engagement index (GMEI) in Europe was recorded with an overall score of 4.5 in a scale of 0-10. Additionally, Finland recorded a score of 5.6 and the third highest rank globally, and Germany recorded a score of 4.2 with global ranking 17 in the global mobile engagement index. Sweden recorded the fourth highest ranking with a score of 5.4.

GMEI Scores, By Region

Additionally, Asia Pacific is anticipated to hold a significant market share on the back of growing mobile data usage in the region, spurred by increased smartphone adoption and availability of affordable high speed network. According to GSMA, mobile data usage in Asia Pacific is anticipated to grow at 7.9x times in-between 2018 and 2024.

Mobile Data Usage

The global mobile VAS market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis.
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth & Opportunity Analysis.

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