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Number of phones exceeds population of world

23 мая 2011

Global teledensity is now more than 100%, or there are more telecoms connections than there are people, according to new statistics released on Friday.

Total connections worldwide number 6.92 billion, with mobile accounting for the lion's share, according to U.K.-based mobile industry data specialist The Mobile World. 5.6 billion of the total are mobile connections, compared with 1.32 billion fixed.

The company noted that it is basing its teledensity figure on the U.S. Census Bureau's estimate that the population of the world stands at 6.92 billion.

"While this figure does not imply 100% universal phone access, that goal is coming closer," said John Tysoe, principal analyst at The Mobile World, in a statement accompanying Friday's announcement.

"The industry continues to defy predictions that the rate of progress must slow: 2010 was the industry's first trillion dollar year and produced more new customers than any prior year with 200 million net additions in the final quarter alone," he added. According to the company, total net additions in 2010 reached 677 million.

The announcement comes 24 hours after analyst firm Gartner released its latest forecasts for the mobile handset industry, lowering its expectations for 2011 on the back of growth in channel inventories and softening demand in emerging markets.

Nonetheless, Gartner sees sales of 1.790 billion-1.795 billion units this year, which still represents growth on 2010, when 1.6 billion devices were sold worldwide.

Источник: Total Telecom

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