More than four billion mobile phone users worldwide
Berlin, 7th August 2009
The number of mobile phone users worldwide will this year exceed the 4 billion mark for the first time. This according to the European Information Technology Observatory (EITO), who report that the number of mobile phone users will rise from 3.9 billion in 2008 to 4.4 billion in 2009. This is the equivalent to an increase of 12 percent. This means that two-thirds of the world population use a mobile phone. The strongest growth in the use of mobile phones now comes from newly industrialized and developing countries, says EITO chairman Bruno Lamborghini. The number of mobile phone users in India is expected to increase by 32 percent in the year 2009 to 457 million. In Brazil, the number of mobile phone users will rise by 14 percent to 172 million and in China by 12 percent to 684 million.
A similar picture emerges in the USA. It is estimated that the number of UMTS users there will increase by 74 percent to 108 million this year. The number of conventional GSM accounts will decrease by 7 percent to 177 million. The Japanese are the forerunners when it comes to mobile data use. In Japan, 90 percent of all mobile phones are already connected to fast third-generation data networks.
Dr. Axel Pols
Since 1993 the European Information Technology Observatory (www.eito.com) has been offering high quality and up-to-date information on European and global markets for information technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics. The EITO is managed by Bitkom Research GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of BITKOM, the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. EITO collaborates with leading market research institutes including PAC, IDATE, GfK, and research activities of the EITO Task Force are supported by the European Commission and the OECD. EITO is sponsored by CeBIT, Deutsche Telekom, KPMG, Messe München, Red.es, Simo and Telecom Italia.
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