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3G customer base in Europe exceeds 60 million

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The number of subscribers to 3G services has already exceeded 60 million in Europe. Figures published by The Mobile World Database indicate that, although in the last quarter of 2006 only a quarter of mobile connections to the network were supported by 3G technology, in the second quarter of this year, for the first time, most calls were made through services W-CDMA, with 8 million out of 14.5 million calls to be supported over 3G.

At the end of June this year, 8.7 percent of all communications in Europe were supported over 3G, a percentage point above the 7.7 percent recorded at the end of March and 3.5 percent more than at the end of the year. second quarter of 2006.

These numbers were the highest recorded so far in Europe, as they exceeded the 7.3 million 3G connections registered in the last three months of last year. At the same time, the GSM connections registered in the same period were the lowest ever since the appearance of 3G.

However, it should be noted that saying that 55 percent of all calls made by third generation technology in the second quarter is not the same thing as stating that 55 percent of Europeans who subscribed to mobile services for the first time between March and June have chosen 3G services.

In proportional terms, the W-CDMA customer base in Europe grew 15.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, representing a decrease of 0.4 percent compared to the first three months of 2007.

Even so, the annual growth of this technology is fixed at 90 percent, compared to the 9.1 percentage point increase in GSM between June 2006 and the same month in 2007.

The global balance points to a total of more than 59 million W-CDMA customers in Europe at the end of the second quarter, which, together with CDMA subscribers, raises the 3G customer base to values ‚Äč‚Äčabove 60 million.

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