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Within InfoCom’s Rest of World region: Brazil leads in FTTP growth due to aggressive fibre network expansion, popularity of product bundles

Strategic Highlights
Published: 2017-11-22

Based on InfoCom’s quarterly monitoring of fixed broadband markets in Rest of World region (includes China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Canada, USA, and Brazil), Brazil recorded the highest YoY growth in FTTP subscriptions of 57% YoY (2.3m connections). The growth was mainly attributed to the implementation of "Brasil Inteligente" program that targets 53% - 70% coverage of Brazilian municipalities with fibre optic networks by 2018. The said initiative helped increase the availability and popularity of fibre-based offers among operators (e.g. TIM Live with Netflix access, and Vivo Fibra with TV and fixed telephony).

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Published: 2017-11-22





Cashless is more: proximity mobile payments widespread in China and taking off in Thailand, other Southeast Asian markets trail behind

Strategic Highlights
Published: 2017-11-02

The popularity of smartphones has given birth to a gamut of mobile-based services with mobile payment services among them. However, in many markets, particularly in Asia, mobile payment has yet to take off since many still prefer transactions in cash. In Asia, China is one of the successful examples of proximity mobile payments. Payment via mobile is quite widespread in the country with many merchants from fruit stalls to retail stores as well as service providers from taxis to salons supporting this mode of payment particularly via QR code. The major mobile payment players in China are Alipay (mobile payment platform of Alibaba – an e-commerce giant in China) and WeChat Pay (mobile payment platform of mobile OTT app, WeChat developed by Tencent). Both Alibaba and WeChat took advantage of their large user bases, i.e. over 400m e-commerce active buyers in 2016 for Alibaba and over 800m monthly active chat users for WeChat.

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Published: 2017-11-02





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