The number of wireless network subscribers globally returned to very positive growth rates after having suffered some stagnation, as a result of the economic crisis. The analysis by consultancy In-Stat indicates that by 2009 the number of subscribers should reach 2.3 billion and that the struggle for supremacy in market shares will not slow down in the coming years.
Until 2007, the domain in terms of number of subscribers should be based on GSM / EDGE technology, but the third mobile generation (with CDMA and WCDMA technologies) will quickly overlap in terms of numbers. The high-tech consultant believes that in 2009 WCDMA networks will provide service to more than 40 percent of the current user base.
The number of new subscribers between 2004 and 2007 is expected to exceed 777 million, with China maintaining the leadership in the number of mobile subscribers. However, the biggest growth in new subscribers is expected to come from other areas in Asia, namely India.
While two-thirds of all new mobile users will come from Asia, In-Stat predicts that the growth of the subscriber base in Europe will continue to slow, stopping practically even in Scandinavia and Western Europe.
Last month, Informa Telecoms & Media had said that the number of subscriptions to mobile services worldwide will exceed 2.14 billion by the end of this year. The unprecedented growth of 354 million achieved in 2004 is expected again for 2005.
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