Mobile innovation in Asia is developing fast; faster than the western world realizes according to the Director General of GSMA, Anne Bouverot, who opened the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai yesterday.

“There are 1.8 billion uniques subscribers in the Asia region, and it’s growing faster than other regions… Asia is driving innovation, more than people in the U.S. and Europe understand.” Bouverot pointed to examples including the rapid expansion of 4G networks and the number of regional leaders in LTE technology.

“Growth is coming from China. Deployment of 4G in China is faster than Europe and faster than the US,” she added, also noting that “in terms of production of handsets, 90% of the models of handsets were produced in Asia.”

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com