Global mobile penetration hits 50%

Posted by Christine on Nov 29, 2007

I wanted to share this article that I saw as a bit of a milestone. According to a report from Informa Telecoms & Media, worldwide mobile penetration has hit 50% today.

Informa estimates that mobile networks covered 90 per cent of the global population by mid-2007. This means that some 40 per cent of the world's inhabitants are covered by a network, but not connected, and leaves just 10 per cent with neither coverage nor connection.

Although global mobile penetration - the number of mobile subscriptions worldwide - has reached 50 per cent, this does not mean that half of the 6.6 billion or so people in the world now have a mobile phone.

A large number of more mature markets worldwide already have in excess of 100 per cent mobile penetration, as users increasingly sign up for more than one subscription, while emerging markets increasingly provide the bulk of new additions.

Obviously, there is still a huge disparity with some countries exceeding 100% mobile penetration while others have less than 10%. Anyhow, an interesting read here. Photo credit: aldask

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