How they know this number exactly I don’t know, but according to industry analyst Informa Telecoms & Media, worldwide mobile penetration will hit 50% (3.3 billion subscribers) today.
Not tomorrow. Not yesterday. Today.
Amazing that they know this. Funny thing is I was just telling my partner Gary, that the Mayan’s predicted the end of the world on December 21st, 2012. I’m not sure how they know this one either.
Whether they are right or wrong is not really what’s important (Informa Telecoms… not the Mayans). What’s important to note is what an gigantous number that is. 3.3 billion mobile subscribers.
“The mobile industry has constantly outperformed even the most optimistic forecasts for subscriber growth,” said Mark Newman, chief research officer at Informa Telecoms & Media. “For children growing up today the issue is not whether they will get a mobile phone, it’s a question of when.
“It is difficult to imagine how a modern economy could function without mobile telephony and a number of recent studies have shown that the mobile phone is having a hugely positive impact on the economies of emerging markets.”
The first cellular network was launched 26 years ago. I still remember my first Radio Shack mobile phone that I used during the 1989 New York City Phone Company Strike. I think I paid $1.50 per minute, and it looked like a World War One field phone.
Informa estimates that mobile networks cover 90% of the global population, and that there are networks in 224 countries.
As of the end of September, 59 countries have mobile penetration of over 100%, with 27 countries having less than 10%.
These are staggering numbers. The reach of the mobile phone continues to grow at an amazing rate.