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50 Wireless Subscriptions per 100 People, Says Informa Report

There are now approximately 3.3 billion active mobile phone connections worldwide, enough to cover half the global population, according to new data from Informa Telecoms and Media.

Wireless subscriptions have increased 18% in the past year, from 2.8 billion in late 2006, as a growing number of people buy handsets in emerging markets like India and China. The Indian market alone is expected to achieve penetration of over 40% within the next few years, up from just 13% at the beginning of 2007.

It took 19 years – from the launch of the first commercial wireless network in 1981 until 2000 – for mobile phone subscriptions to reach 10% penetration worldwide, and just 12 months to grow from 40% to 50%, representing the remarkable growth that has occurred this year.

Informa believes that it will take longer reach further wireless market milestones, however, now that developed cell phone markets in Europe and North America have largely matured. The research firm predicts that 60% global penetration won’t be achieved until 2009, and 66% isn’t likely to happen until 2012.

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December 5, 2007 Posted by | Cell Phones, Telecom Services, Wireless | , , | Leave a comment

Mexican Internet Population Over 20-Million; Half Use Broadband

22.1% of Mexican households had one or more computers at the end of March 2007, double the figure in December 2001, according to a recent study by Inegi, the country’s national institute of statistics, geography, and IT.

Of all households, 12.3% had some sort of internet connection, about half of which were classified as broadband.

There were a total of 30.5 million computer users and 20.8 million internet users in Mexico at the end of March. Of internet users, 70.2% were aged 12 to 34, and 65.9% routinely accessed the web outside their homes.

December 5, 2007 Posted by | Internet, Telecom Services | , , | Leave a comment

@Home Reaches 700,000 Dutch Broadband Subscribers

Dutch cable operator, @Home, now has more than 700,000 high-speed internet subscribers, and is the largest cable broadband provider in the Netherlands, according to new research by Telecom.Paper.nl.

@Home started offering internet services in 1999 and signed up its 500,000th subscriber last year. As of this summer, the company held around 12.8% of the Dutch broadband market.

Other Dutch broadband operators include DSL incumbent, KPN, and UPC Nederland, a unit of Europe’s leading pay-TV provider, Liberty Global Europe.

December 5, 2007 Posted by | Internet, Telecom Services | , , | Leave a comment