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GSM Association Reports Nearly Half a Billion New GSM Customers in 12 Months
Posted on 15-Nov-2006 11:16. | Tags Filed under: News.

More than half a billion new customers were connected with all technologies of GSM mobile wireless service in the year preceding September 2006, according to the 3G Americas organisation.

Still according to the group, the global wireless market increased to more than 2.5 billion total users of various technologies. The GSM family of wireless technologies dominated the marketplace, growing its customer base by 497 million new customers and increasing its global market share to 83%, according to the research of Informa Telecoms & Media.

Over the same twelve months, CDMA technology also added customers - nearly 50 million - while other technologies showed a decline, including TDMA and analog.

The number was provided by the organisation, and it is not clear if it includes all flavours of CDMA.

The GSM family of technologies (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA) has more than 2.1 billion subscribers worldwide across 221 countries.

GSM increased its market share to 53% of all wireless customers in the Western Hemisphere, compared to 41% at the end of 3Q 2005, gaining 12 percentage points in share of market. CDMA's market declined year-over-year from 36% to 33% as of September 2006. TDMA continued its decline from 16% to 8% and iDEN showed some market share decline, from 5.5% to 5.3%.

In North America, GSM added 18.8 million customers in the twelve months ending September 2006, an annual growth rate of 25% year-over-year. This compares to the CDMA new customer additions of nearly 12 million and 3.7 million iDEN customers. In Latin America and the Caribbean, GSM added more than 83 million subscribers in the year ending September 2006, which represents an annual growth rate of 79%. CDMA recorded 9.6 million customers and iDEN added more than 900 thousand customers in the same year.

Data is based on figures from Informa Telecoms & Media World Cellular Information Service (WCIS) and company reports compiled by 3G Americas.

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