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Mobile Connections 0,000,000,000 7.36% 4830404004,4990023547,5163565033,5370980594,5547526319,5709000034,5880465186,6030102347,6174568609,6310058756,6403576901,6473807588

Unique Mobile Subscribers 0,000,000,000 6.36% 2613541645,2668631140,2725448879,2790426092,2848610867,2896507917,2954667906,3014365942,3072977831,3118998870,3163833481,3206016623

Revenue/year $1.13T 3.75% 253.4,246.3,254.3,261.7,268.7,263.2,273.6,280.4,288.7,283.5,288.7,294.2

ARPU/month $12.15 -3.97% 22.9249,23.0997,22.5201,21.7655,20.1896,19.9962,19.7455,19.0843,17.4726,17.5529,17.3826,17.0023,16.0668,16.1121,16.0235,15.6769,14.8422,14.9382,14.8861,14.5810,14.1365

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4G driving data usage but not all markets reaping the rewards

The rapid migration towards 4G-LTE in the world’s most advanced mobile markets is driving a surge in data usage, with 4G users typically consuming twice as much data per month as other users. However, while the introduction of 4G has led to an uplift in ARPU in some instances, the impact on revenue varies widely depending on the market.

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SK Telecom, average monthly data consumption per connection, Q2 2010–Q1 2013

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