Posted on 23-Feb-2004 17:14.
Filed under: News
More than one billion people, almost one in six of the world's population, are now using GSM mobile phones. This number has been reached only 12 years after the launch of the first networks based on this standard.
The GSM mobile standard is now adopted by more than 200 countries and territories. As the choice of 80 per cent of all new mobile customers, GSM has driven wireless take-up to the extent that mobile phones now outnumber fixed telephone lines globally.
"Throughout its relatively short history, GSM has regularly beaten growth forecasts," said Rob Conway, CEO of the GSM Association and member of its Board.
"As recently as the turn of the year, we thought we would hit the billion landmark sometime in March -- but GSM has not lost its capacity to surprise and delight. Operator connections are running faster than anticipated and we actually passed the milestone earlier this month.
"GSM was born out of the revolutionary vision that mobile phones should keep customers connected anytime, anywhere, even when crossing borders. That revolution has gained currency and support faster than even the most optimistic dreams of its founders," he added.