14 free resources for digital commerce and mobile payments research

14 free resources for digital commerce and mobile payments research by Fortumo

Making a business decision can be based on hunches but ideally is also backed up by research and data, correct? While there are hundreds of paid research companies out there focusing on the mobile industry, a lot of information is actually available for free as well if you have the time to dig through it.

We want to make your life a little bit easier and have compiled a list of free data resources across the web that cover general mobile industry trends and specific insights into carrier billing.

Check out the list below. Did we miss any useful resources? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to the list.

  • GSMA Intelligence
    GSMA is a telecommunications industry organization with more than 800 mobile operators as its members. Their research portal GSMA Intelligence provides a basic country-level over of telecommunication statistics.
  • GSMA Mobile Money Deployment Tracker
    Another helpful tool from GSMA to get an easy overview of mobile money products and services launched across the world.
  • Wikipedia’s list of telecommunications regulators
    Telecommunications authorities in most countries publish recurring (annual or monthly) overviews of the mobile market, including mobile penetration and mobile operator market shares. Wikipedia lists out most of these regulators, providing a helpful starting point in case you want to take a deep dive into the mobile ecosystem of a specific country.
  • Google’s Consumer Barometer
    Google’s research platform for everything related to the mobile ecosystem. The Barometer provides an overview of general industry trends as well as country-level data on consumers’ mobile behavior, for example you can check out the report on India
  • World Bank’s Financial Inclusion Database
    Information for banking related statistics. For example, their database includes information on debit and credit card ownership in all the markets tracked.
  • Statista
    Free statistics on just about anything related to payments, e-commerce and the digital ecosystem.
  • Sandvine’s Global Internet Phenomena report
    Sandvine profiles global internet data traffic trends in their reports, giving an overview of consumers’ data capabilities as well the digital services that drive the most traffic in each region.
  • App Annie
    Tracking of mobile apps and their revenue; a free account gives access to basic charts on downloads, paid app revenue and in-app purchases by country. Useful for tracking competing apps as well as researching new markets before entering them.
  • Alexa
    Another useful tool for tracking popularity of digital content. While App Annie gives an overview of apps, Alexa can be used to get more information on websites. TheirTop Sites overview can be used for example for media planning as well as evaluating competitors’ success in specific countries.
  • Digital River’s blog
    Digital River is an online payments provider and their blog features insights on payments across segments from gaming to travel agencies and retail businesses.
  • Adyen’s Mobile Payments Index
    Another payment provider whose quarterly payment index can be used to assess the popularity of mobile payments across regions.
  • Allot’s Mobile Trends reports
    Research company Allot publishes a lot of reports on the mobile industry, some recent reports have covered customer engagement as well as mobile operator partnerships with over-the-top (OTT) services.
  • KPCB’s annual Internet Trends report
    One of the leading US venture capital companies puts out a very comprehensive (close to 200 pages) annual report on the global mobile industry, a must read for anyone who wants to keep themselves updated on what is happening in the mobile ecosystem.
  • Fortumo’s ARPPU map and market reports: Last but not least, our own dynamic user spending map gives a historic overview of consumers’ spending in countries that we cover.  Fortumo’s market reports look at regions more specifically and give an in-depth overview of carrier billing in each of the 90+ countries where we provide payments.