The Ericsson Mobility Report of November 2013 has shown that the mobile subscription rate has grown immensely.
We cannot underestimate the power of the Mobile phone in this day and age as it has made life simpler and also through this device technology has become simpler to learn and adjust to.
The report says that there are around 6.6 billion mobile subscribers in the world and Asia has been noticed to be the driving force.
“The actual number of subscribers however, is lower, at around 4.5 billion. This is because many people have several subscriptions,” the report says.
leading countries in mobile subscriptions,include Asia-Pacific countries and China who have 1.2 billion subscriptions. India comes secondat 742 and around a third more than the entire continent of Africa at 803 million.
The report also says that smartphones make about 25 percent to 30 percent of mobile subscriptions and in the last three months, smartphone sales made up 55 percent of all mobiles.
The smartphone market has also increased the mobile broadband demand, the report saying that it found that LTE will continue to grow.
“With around 25 million additions in Q3 2013, LTE is growing rapidly and has reached 150 million subscriptions, while WCDMA/HSPA has the highest net additions at around 80 million. Almost all of these 3G/4G subscriptions have access to GSM/EDGE as a fallback. The number of GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions did not increase.” says the report.
The report showed that Asia-Pacific countries, including China and India, accounted for 64 million out of 113 million new mobile subscriptions in the last three months; while Africa accounted for 25 million and Latin America eight million subscriptions over the same period.
Ericsson predicted that mobile subscriptions would top 9.9 billion by 2019, and that mobile broadband subscriptions would quadruple in growth to reach eight billion in six years.