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On a planet with around 6.8 billion people, we’re likely to see 5 billion cell phone subscriptions this year.

http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2010/06.aspx

ITU expects to see the number of mobile broadband subscriptions exceed one billion globally during 2010, having topped 600 million by the end of 2009. With current growth rates, web access by people on the move — via laptops and smart mobile devices – is likely to exceed web access from desktop computers within the next five years.

Mobile broadband is a good proxy for mobile computing so it’s very likely that these 1 billion subs will use advanced devices if not smartphones per se.


  • http://appleincanalysis.blogspot.com/ Lee Penick

    "Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for communications services," says ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré…"

  • http://yvettepaige.com Yvette Paige

    Bandwidth is the issue here.
    That many phones all calling data is going to be fun to watch the providers cut each others throats to get a slice of that market.