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3G Americas Celebrates GSM Numbers

Posted on 11-Feb-2006 10:03 | Filed under: News


According to the technology group 3G Americas, the GSM standard took the largest market share in the mobile wireless industry in 2005, annually adding more than 81 million customers in the Americas and approaching 392 million customers globally.

In the United States and Canada alone the group counted 24 million new customers added in 2005 compared to less than 15 million CDMA users.

Worldwide, GSM added 391.9 million new customers, with 683 licensed GSM operators in 213 countries worldwide and well over 1.67 billion customers.

"In the last five years, we have seen GSM technologies take command of the Americas growing from 6% market share in year 2000 to more than 43% at year-end 2005," stated Eva Benguigui, Latin America Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media. "We expect that GSM will continue its robust growth, particularly due to its capability to serve both high and low economic segments respectively due to its proven technology capabilities and successful applications and its economies of scale to enable phones at manufacturer costs less than US$40."

Still according to 3G Americas, GSM commands 43% market share in the Western Hemisphere, counting 34 operators in 17 countries offering EDGE service in the Americas region alone.