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GSM Claims 1.5 Billion Customers Around the World
Posted on 9-Sep-2005 22:38. | Tags Filed under: News.

3G Americas reports 1.5 billion customers are using the GSM technology around the world, as of August 2005. These numbers comes from subscriber data supplied by Informa Telecoms & Media. This shows 500 million new users since the technology reached the 1 billion customers spot, at the end of Q1 2004.

"It took the industry over 12 years to reach one billion GSM customers," stated Kester Mann, Senior Research Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media, "but sustained growth from rapidly expanding markets such as China, India, Russia and USA will ensure that the second billion is achieved in little over three and a half years, forecast for Q3 2007."

As of June 2005, GSM again added more new customers annually than the total subscriber base any other mobile digital technology with 347.2 million new GSM customers. GSM customers account for 82% of all new digital wireless customers in the first half of this year.

GSM is currently a fast growing wireless technology throughout the Americas with greater than 100% annual growth at the end of the second quarter. By adding 79.4 million new customers in one year since Q2 2004, GSM more than doubled its customer base in the Americas reaching a market share of 38.3%. GSM subscriber numbers total more than 158 million as of June 2005, compated to 150 million CDMA users in the same region.

Although 1.5 billion customers use this technology around the world, only 89 million customers are in Latin America and the Caribbean and just 69 million in the USA and Canada.

Wireless penetration levels in the Latin America and Caribbean region are rapidly escalating and by June 2005 there were nearly 205 million total mobile wireless customers corresponding to an average penetration of 36%.

In addition to the GSM growth, 3G UMTS (WCDMA), grew by 70% in 1H 2005, gaining more than 11.8 million new subscribers to bring the total UMTS subscriber base to 28.6 million worldwide in June 2005.

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