CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 4 /PRNewswire/ --

The global number of users paying for mobile video services will grow five-fold from 2008 to 2014, surpassing 534 million, with a substantial proportion of mobile net additions coming from emerging markets, according to the latest report by Pyramid Research (, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network (

In Mobile Video Services: A Five-Year Global Market Forecast, Pyramid Research analyzes the adoption and revenue opportunity for mobile video services, which include paid video clips, music videos, TV episodes, TV programming, and movies. In examining mobile video business models, the 82-page report focuses on customer-facing commercial offers and the provisioning, pricing, and content strategies of mobile operators. It forecasts uptake and revenue through 2014, both globally and by region. Developments and opportunities related to 3G and 4G networks, mobile TV broadcasting, downloading, streaming, side-loading, content, data usage, smartphones, and other devices are also discussed in the report. It examines market environments, regulatory influences, and operator strategies through seven country case studies: Brazil, Chile, China, India, Italy, Japan, and the U.S. Download an excerpt of this report here:

Video is increasingly making its way into the mobile space across developed and emerging markets. Pyramid Research estimates that the global number of users paying for mobile video services directly delivered to their handsets will grow five-fold from 2008 to 2014, surpassing 534 million at the end of the period, says Derek Medlin, senior analyst at Pyramid Research and author of the report. This is equivalent to 8.5 percent of all mobile subscriptions, up from the current 2.5 percent level, he adds.

The availability of improved devices and networks are contributing to a higher level of adoption and spending on mobile video services, says Medlin. Pyramid Research believes that a substantial proportion of mobile net additions in the next five years will come from emerging markets, especially in Asia/Pacific, and will drive a 37 percent growth in total mobile subscriptions from 2009 to 2014, he explains. Markets such as Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea already lead in terms of mobile video penetration of subscriptions, but Pyramid also expects important uptake in India in the next five years.

Looking ahead, Asia/Pacific will remain in the top spot, attaining more than 281 million subscriptions by 2014, although we expect Latin America to grow at the fastest pace, increasing at a CAGR of 39 percent from 2009 to 2014, Medlin says. Because of intense competition in the video market, operators have to be creative when launching new services; to meet surging demand for video, mobile players are making network upgrades, reducing data charges, improving content, and offering more advanced handsets, he adds.

Mobile Video Services: A Five-Year Global Market Forecast is part of Pyramid's research report series. A blend of primary research and qualitative analysis, Pyramid's research reports offer comprehensive coverage of the fixed and mobile communications space and enable those in the communications industry to stay ahead of changing market dynamics.

Download an excerpt of this report here:

Mobile Video Services: A Five-Year Global Market Forecast is priced at US$2490 and can be purchased online here: DEO or through Dave Williams via email at or telephone at +1-858-485-8870.

For more information about Pyramid Research's products and services, please visit or contact us at

About Pyramid Research

Pyramid Research ( offers practical solutions to the complex demands our clients face in the telecommunications, media and technology industries. Our analysis is uniquely positioned at the intersection of emerging markets, emerging technologies and emerging business models, powered by the bottom-up methodology of our market forecasts for over 100 countries-a distinction that has remained unmatched for more than 25 years. As the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network, Pyramid Research works with Heavy Reading, providing the communications industry's most comprehensive market data, trusted research and insightful technology analysis.

About Light Reading

Founded in 2000, Light Reading ( is the leading online media, research, and focused event company serving the US$3 trillion worldwide communications market. is the ultimate source for technology and financial analysis of the communications industry, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading's research arms, Heavy Reading and Pyramid Research, provide the most comprehensive communications research, market data, and technology analysis in close to 100 markets around the world. Light Reading produces nearly 20 targeted communications events including TelcoTV, Ethernet Expo New York and Ethernet Expo London, The Tower Summit @ CTIA, and Optical Expo, as well as focused one-day events tailored for cable, mobile, and wireline executives. Light Reading was acquired by United Business Media in August 2005 and operates as a unit of TechWeb.

About TechWeb

TechWeb (, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events, Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, and VoiceCon; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, and Wall Street Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services including next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than US$2.5 billion.

*13.3 million business decision-makers: based on number of monthly connections

About United Business Media Limited

UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM's businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists - with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to

Press contact: Jennifer Baker +1-617-871-1910

Jennifer Baker, +1-617-871-1910,