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Mobile subscriber market in steady growth mode, says In-Stat

Worldwide wireless subscriber growth is experiencing robust expansion, following several years of slower growth, re...


August 3, 2004  


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Worldwide wireless subscriber growth is experiencing robust expansion, following several years of slower growth, reports In-Stat/MDR.

By 2009, the high tech market research firm forecasts the worldwide wireless market will grow to more than 2.5 billion subscribers.

Through 2007, GSM will see steady growth as it expands its worldwide footprint and as customers continue to migrate from older airlink technology.

However, according to Ken Hyers, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR, “GSM is in for a stark turnaround. From 2008, GSM growth will begin to decline as operators move subscribers to WCDMA.

"While GSM (including GPRS & EDGE) will remain the dominant airlink throughout most of the forecast, CDMA airlink standards (CDMA & WCDMA) will pass GSM in 2009 to claim the largest share of the market, in terms of number of subscribers.”