Juniper Research predicts that mobile data roaming revenues will rise by 21
per cent a year between 2012 and 2017 to reach more than $35bn by 2017.
Nitin Bhas, Juniper Research, said: "As data roaming costs are further reduced and smartphone owners find so-called OTT (Over-the-Top) services – such as eBuddy and Whatsapp – a cheaper alternative, the average spend per SMS roaming will decline over the forecast period."
As of June 2012, only 30 per cent of mobile users actually use data whilst abroad compared to 80% domestically. However Orange appears to be bucking the trend and has seen an increase of 131% from 2009 to 2011. Adding more than one million new roaming customers in 2011, bringing the total up to 25 million Orange Travel customers. They credit some of this success to their ‘Orange Travel Angel App’, which helps customers track their data usage whilst travelling anywhere in the world.
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