According to a recent report by TeleGeography, the global monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) fell by as much as 13 percent in the second quarter compared to last year. Eastern Europe's market absorbed the biggest blow with mobile ARPU falling by as much as 27 percent to an estimated $13.10 per month over the past year. 3G operators in Europe were immune to the falling ARPU's and reported higher than average regional ARPU rates. Hutchison 3G UK reported an ARPU of $62 compared to an average of $37.40 in Western Europe and $18.90 in the Asia-Pacific market. Mobile ARPU decreased by 18 percent in the Asia-Pacific market and 12 percent in Africa. However, ARPU levels in North America and Western Europe have only wavered slightly with a decline of 2 percent during the last year.
For more on the declining global mobile ARPU:
- read this piece from Total Telecom