Global mobile subscriptions reach 5 billion

June 13, 2017 10:28 am0 commentsViews: 8

allied smart mobile 2JOHANNESBURG – THE world’s mobile industry has signed up its 5 billionth unique mobile subscriber.
The milestone means more than two-thirds of the global population is now connected to a mobile service.
Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA, said the milestone was a tremendous achievement for an industry that was only a few decades old, and reflects significant amounts of money mobile operators have invested in networks, services and spectrum over the years.
“Today, mobile is a truly global platform, delivering connectivity and, perhaps more importantly, social and economic opportunities to citizens in all corners of the world,” said Granryd.
“This massive reach allows the mobile industry to be a key player in delivering global initiatives such as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
More than half (55 per cent) of mobile subscribers are based in the Asia Pacific region, home to the world’s two largest mobile markets: China and India. China accounts for more than 1 billion of the world’s subscribers, while India accounts for 730 million.
The most highly penetrated region in the world is Europe, where 86 percent of citizens are subscribed to a mobile service.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the least penetrated region at 44 percent.
It has taken four years to add the latest 1 billion subscribers. GSMA forecasts the number of unique mobile subscribers worldwide will increase to 5,7 billion by the end of the decade.
 Technoafrica

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