Posted on 20-Nov-2003 23:32.
Filed under: News
3G Americas reports that GSM is growing fast in the Americas with an overall annual growth in the region of 89% from September 2002 to September 2003, accordingly to EMC World Cellular Database. In Latin America alone, GSM grew by 146% over that same time period, compared to 29% and 16% growth rates for CDMA and TDMA respectively. GSM's growth has been remarkable in Latin America's two largest markets: Brazil and Mexico.
According to Erasmo Rojas, Director of Latin America and the Caribbean for 3G Americas, "Brazil's GSM subscriber growth of 4.51 million customers over the past twelve months represents a substantial portion of the total growth in Latin America. It is remarkable that since launching just sixteen months ago, Brazilian operator Oi has now passed the 3 million subscriber mark. This equates to about new 6,250 subscribers daily; such rapid growth is indicative of the quality and variety of services and applications that GSM technology brings to customers in Brazil."
Commenting on the Mexican market, Rojas noted, "Mexico's increase in GSM customers has contributed greatly to the overall 146% growth of GSM in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 2.16 million new GSM subscribers over the past twelve months for Mexican operators such as Telcel. Mexico will continue to be a key market for GSM in years to come."
GSM's subscriber growth rate in the U.S. and Canada was also strong at more than 66% -- more than three times greater than any other wireless digital technology. This increase is due to the number of mobile operators in the Americas realizing the technical and business advantages of the GSM technology. As a result of GSM operators offering robust voice and data services to customers, the adoption of GSM is clearly outpacing other wireless technologies in the Americas, further solidifying GSM's position as the world's leading wireless standard. According to EMC, at the end of third quarter 2003, there are nearly one billion GSM customers worldwide: with more than 921 million subscribers on more than 685 GSM networks in more than 200 countries.
Globally, eight out of ten new digital mobile customers worldwide chose the GSM technology in twelve months following September 2002. GSM also accounts for 78.96% of global new customer growth in the third quarter alone with more than 48 million new GSM customers of the 61 million total new digital customers worldwide. In the past twelve months, GSM has globally added more customers than the entire customer base of any other mobile wireless technology.