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Study: 4.1 billion mobile subscribers globally in 2008

News by Brian James Kirk on Tuesday March 03, 2009.

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According to estimates made by the International Telecommunication Union, 2008 saw 4.1 billion mobile cellular subscription globally, a global penetration rate of 61.1 percent. Compared with 2002, there has been a clear shift from fixed to mobile cellular telephony, with over three times more mobile users than landline users globally.

The statistics come from an ITU study detailing information and communication technologies (ICT) in 154 countries over a 5-year period from 2002 to 2007. The index takes into account ICT access, use and skills, and literacy levels.

Northern European countries ranked highest in ICT, followed by other high-income countries from Europe, Asia, and North America. Poor countries in less developed countries remain at the lower end of the index.

According to the study, while ICT access has increased, ICT use, which includes Internet users with fixed and mobile broadband, has progressed much slower. [via International Telecommunication Union]


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