According to a recent survey by the International
Telecommunications Union (ITU), approximately 60 per cent of the
world's population have mobile phone subscriptions. The ITU
estimates, in its report Measuring the Information
Society, that there were over four billion mobile cellular
subscriptions worldwide at the end of 2008 — up from one
billion in 2002. Almost two-thirds of mobile subscriptions globally
were from the developing world, compared to 44 per cent in
By the end of 2008, there were over three times more mobile
cellular subscriptions than fixed telephone lines, estimated at 1.3
billion. The report found the number of lines is decreasing in many
developed countries, but increasingly slowly in developing
countries. As a result, fixed line penetration has remained
relatively static, at just under 20 per cent.
On the mobile broadband front, the study found that
approximately 85 countries had deployed or commercialized
IMT-2000/3G networks by the end of 2007. The developed world had a
mobile broadband penetration of 14 per cent, compared to less than
one per cent in the developing world. However, the ITU expects a
rapid increase in the use of mobile broadband in the coming years,
particularly in countries with limited fixed line
Of the 154 countries surveyed for the report, United Arab
Emirates topped the charts with a mobile cellular penetration rate
of 176.5 per cent, followed by Macao, Italy, Qatar and Hong Kong.
For mobile broadband, Japan placed first, with 56.8 subscriptions
per 100 inhabitants. The Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates,
Singapore and Luxembourg rounded out the top five.
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