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Singapore and Australia top the region for mobile and app infrastructure: Ericsson

Singapore has come out on top for the fastest download speeds, and second to Australia for the best app infrastructure across its region, according to an Ericsson report.

Ericsson's latest Mobility Report has identified Singapore as the number one location in Southeast Asia and Oceania to stream video content, with the country boasting the fastest download speeds.

According to the report, Singaporeans are currently experiencing median download speeds in excess of 20 Mbps and peak download speeds of 70 Mbps, with expanded LTE coverage cited as the reason for such speeds.

The report said each month, globally, the average smartphone user consumes 1,050 MB per month -- up 30 MB from last year -- and forecast downloads to hit 4,900 MB per month by 2020. It is projected that Asia-Pacific will be the region with the most smartphone traffic by the end of 2020.

With streaming becoming more significant as users consume increasing levels of music and videos, the report suggests that telco operators should ensure such services can be delivered throughout coverage areas. As a result of the increasing popularity of 3G and 4G mobile networks in Singapore, 2G voice, messaging, and data services will be terminated across the island from April 2017.

Australia and Singapore have the most mature IT markets in the region, with the vast availability of LTE, and mobile broadband penetration exceeding 90 percent, the report said. It added Australia had the best app infrastructure in the region.

Ericsson said Facebook was the number one social network in Australia, while WhatsApp was the most popular network in Singapore and Malaysia.

The mobility report also said 70 percent of the world's population will be using smartphones by 2020, a prediction that would see 6.1 billion units sell within five years if it is to become reality.