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ITU expects mobile growth to continue ‘unabated’

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is predicting growth in many world regions in everything from ...


October 14, 2009  


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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is predicting growth in many world regions in everything from mobile cellular subscriptions to fixed and mobile broadband, and from TV to computer penetration with mobile technology acting as a key driver.

 

The new data, forecasts and analysis on the global ICT market show that mobile growth is continuing unabated, with global mobile subscriptions expected to reach 4.6 billion by the end of the year, and mobile broadband subscriptions to top 600 million in 2009, having overtaken fixed broadband subscribers in 2008.

More than a quarter of the world’s population is online and using the Internet, as of 2009.

 

Ever-increasing numbers are opting for high-speed Internet access, with fixed broadband subscriber numbers more than tripling from 150 million in 2004 to an estimated 500 million by the end of 2009.