LTE data roaming traffic from Asia Pacific makes up just 6% of all such globally, according to a study released by Syniverse that analyzed inter- and intra-regional traffic across over 1,000 mobile operators in six key geographic regions.
While Asia Pacific represents a diverse region that is home to 2.7 billion mobile users and includes some of the world’s most advanced mobile operators and markets, just over a quarter (26%) of Asia Pacific’s total outbound data roaming traffic to the rest of the world is LTE. The analysis shows that the Asia Pacific region (including Australia but excluding India), lags behind other regions globally in LTE roaming traffic.
Asia Pacific also imports just 8% of the world’s total LTE data roaming traffic. In comparison, Latin America imports 55%, North America 23%, and Europe 11%. Of the incoming LTE traffic to Asia Pacific, 62% is intra-regional, meaning that it originates from other Asia Pacific countries.
“Our study shows that even as major operators in Asia invest in 5G, there is still much to do to expand LTE across Asia and connect the region with the rest of the world,” said Mary Clark, chief corporate relations officer and chief of staff at Syniverse. “Mobile users worldwide expect the same range of service experience overseas as they do at home – everything from basic voice calling and messaging to high-speed video streaming and social media access. Consequently, our data suggests that routes across the globe need to deploy the secure IPX backbone that’s central to accelerating the maturity of LTE networks.”
Syniverse’s LTE roaming study, including additional data and supporting visuals, can be found here.