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Half of world population is mobile equipped

Research firm Informa published a report showing that It took little more than a quarter of a century for the worldwide mobile phone subscriptions to reach 3.3 billion, which is half the world's population.

The Asian market has experienced the most growth, especially China - which has the world's biggest mobile phone operator - and India.

Informa also revealed that 59 countries have more than 100 percent phone penetration, which means that these countries are not only mature markets, but that a substantial portion of their citizens have more than one phone.

The report also highlighted the gap in the Average Revenue Per User in mature and emerging markets.

Informa gave the example of Hutchison Whampoa's 3 whose ARPU in UK is GBP 420 per annum, while Hutchison's Sri Lankan branch records an abysmal GBP 18 per year.

Most operators use GSM technology to spread mobile technology with CDMA a distant second.

Vendors like ZTE, Nokia and Motorola are now looking at the remaining 50 percent of the world population who do not own a mobile phone, in a bid to sustain their rate of growth.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.