US analyst firm In-Stat/MDR has announced the result of a study which finds that while mobile data services are continuing to grow, mobile messaging is continuing to outstrip mobile internet access.
The study concluded that Japan is the obvious early leader in the wireless internet market. However, competition is growing in Japan and the biggest player DoCoMo’s 3G Freedom of Mobile Access (FOMA) service, is largely failing due to minimal coverage, high device and service pricing and a lack of applications that set that technology apart from the earlier generation’s service.
Europe it found, was largely failing with GPRS technology and not including short messaging services (SMS) and other messaging services, is falling behind the rest of the world in terms of wireless data adoption.
“Going forward, the wireless internet market’s future rests largely on service pricing,” said Becky Diercks, a director with In-Stat/MDR. “In most regions, service pricing is completely inconsistent and far too expensive for the average consumer.”
By Dick O’Brien