GSMA: 2010 global operator capex to reach $72B thanks to mobile broadband

Wireless operators worldwide will spend up $72 billion on mobile broadband infrastructure in 2010 to satisfy the monstrous demand for mobile data services, according to the GSM Association. Using data compiled from Deutsche Bank, the GSMA said the Asia-Pacific region will see the largest investment in mobile broadband with a predicted capital expenditure of up to $34 billion. North America is second with $19 billion while Europe is expected to invest up to $14 billion. Mobile Broadband is set to account for 52 per cent of all operator investment in mobile infrastructure globally. Of all the regions, North America will spend the greatest percentage--80 per cent--of its total mobile capex investment on mobile broadband. Release