Internet access growth in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to be 8.2 percent in 2015 and then remain around seven percent through 2019, according to eMarketer, and, as has been the case for years, most of that growth will be based on use of smartphones and the mobile network.
There will be 2.51 billion mobile phone users in the region in 2015, a figure equal to 62.5 percent of the population, rising to 69.4 percent by 2019.
China alone accounts for one billion mobile phone users in the Asia-Pacific region.
Some 40.8 percent of the mobile population in Asia-Pacific now use a smartphone. By 2019, smartphone penetration among mobile phone users will be 51.5 percent, on a smartphone base of 1.48 billion users.
India now has emerged as the largest potential growth opportunity.
China alone accounts for 28.3 percent of all smartphone users on the planet, though growth now is slowing.