At the end of this year, there will be an additional 382.5 million new mobile phone customers worldwide. The forecast is from In-Stat, which attributed the drop in new subscribers to market saturation and the negative effects of the current economic situation.
Compared to 2006, the results expected for this year represent a sharp decline in terms of new members. This is because, two years ago, the number of new subscribers reached 667.6 million.
Since then, there has been a noticeable slowdown in demand for mobile phone services, especially in developed countries. Growth indicators come mostly from emerging regions, where the number of mobile phone users and subscribers to mobile services has been steadily increasing.
In this segment, the regions that have stood out the most are India, China and other Asian countries, where the first purchases of mobile phones have been more and more frequent, even if the equipment purchased is not as developed as those adopted in mature markets.
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