Indian MVAS market to touch Rs 26,000 crore by 2012: IAMAI

By afaqs! news bureau , afaqs!, Mumbai | In Digital | July 05, 2012
The study, titled 'Mobile VAS in India', by the Internet and Mobile Association of India and IMRB predicts the value added services market to grow by 28 per cent to reach Rs 33,280 crore in 2013.

The Indian mobile value added services market (MVAS) is growing at a rate of 28 per cent and is expected to reach INR 26,000 crore by the end of 2012, as opposed to INR 19,700 in 2011. According to the latest IAMAI-IMRB report titled Mobile VAS in India, the MVAS market is estimated to reach INR 33, 280 crore by 2013 (figure 1).


The report has segregated MVAS market into two categories - current or conventional MVAS comprising ringtones, caller ring back tunes, SMS services like live cricket updates, horoscope updates, voting, contests and wallpapers, and emerging or modern VAS that constitutes applications in the categories of mHealth, mEducation, mGovernance and other apps which require higher bandwidth.

The current MVAS segment consists mainly of CRBT (27 per cent) and SMS-based applications (17 per cent), while the emerging MVAS consist mostly of mobile apps (10 per cent) and games (8 per cent). These have enhanced content and require higher data usage. Emerging VAS category garners 37 per cent market share and is predicted to be the most sought after services of the future (figure 2).

The report further highlights that the average MVAS spend per month by a user has risen by INR 9, from INR 15 in 2009 to stand at INR 24 per month in 2012 (figure 3).

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