Global mobile phone connections hit 2.5bn
Monday, September 11, 2006
According to the latest figures, over the four quarters to the end of September 2006, a total of 484m net additions were added to the worldwide total with 41 per cent of new connections coming from Asia Pacific. Eastern Europe and Latin America together accounted for 30 per cent of the growth, while Africa was responsible for 10 per cent of new connections. ?”The cellular industry took 20 years to reach one billion connections, three years to reach two billion connections and is on target to reach its third billion in a period of just over two years,” Wireless Intelligence director Martin Garner said.
“Worldwide growth is currently running at over 40m new connections per month – the highest volume of growth the market has ever seen,” he added.
According to Garner, most of the current growth is coming from emerging markets with low levels of penetration, rather than from mature regions such as Europe.
The top 10 countries for volume of new connections over the last year were China, India, Russia, USA, Pakistan, Ukraine, Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria and Bangladesh. Between them, they account for over half of the growth in the world mobile market over the last 12 months.
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