Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Worldwide mobile penetration reaches 100% for the first time – Ericsson

Numbers released by Ericsson claim the number of worldwide mobile subscriptions has surpassed global population for the first time.

The pre-Mobile World Congress special edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report unveiled current mobile network usage statistics while forecasting likely numbers five years from now. Q4 2015, the sampled period of the report, would appear to be a significant one for the mobile industry with a couple of milestones passed, according to Ericsson

Firstly, the report claims 68 million global mobile subscriptions were added in the quarter, with India leading the way in terms of growth with 21 million new subscribers. China, the US and Myanmar followed with 6m additions for the former and 5m for the latter two respectively. Meanwhile, the number of LTE subscriptions worldwide topped a billion for the first time, with 160 million additions in Q4. The report also claimed mobile penetration has now reached 100% for the first time, with 7.3 billion mobile subscribers worldwide.

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