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China Leads Cellular Subscriber Top 10 Rankings
Cellular Subscribers Will Top 2B in 2005

September 7, 2005 -
The worldwide number of cellular subscribers will surpass 2 billion in 2005--up from 11M in 1990 and 750M in 2000. China is the clear leader in cellular subscribers and will reach nearly 400M at year-end 2005--nearly twice as many as the USA. Russia has seen tremendous growth in the last few years and is projected to be in third place by year-end 2005. Rapid expansion in India will see a future climb in the rankings to a possible #2 in 2010.

Top 15 Countries in Cellular Subscribers

Year-end 2005: Cellular Subscribers (#M) Share %
1. China 398 19.3
2. USA 202 9.8
3. Russia 115 5.6
4. Japan  95 4.6
5. Brazil 86 4.1
6. India 79 3.8
7. Germany 73 3.5
8. Italy 59 2.9
9. UK 58 2.8
10. France 47 2.3
11. Mexico 46 2.2
12. Turkey 40 1.9
13. Spain 39 1.9
14. South Korea 38 1.8
15. Indonesia 38 1.8
Top 15 Countries 1,414 68.5
Worldwide Total 2,065 100

The rankings will change considerably by 2010 and will mainly consist of the large populous countries and they will replace the smaller European countries that were early mobile phone adopters”, says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. The European countries will continue to lead in cellular subscribers per capita along with a few Asian countries such as Hong Kong and Taiwan.

More information is available in “Cellular Subscriber by Country”, a market research report by eTForecasts. The report estimates and forecasts the number of cellular subscribers and phone lines for 57 countries and the six main regions of the world for 1990 through 2010. Regional handset sales are also include in the report.

eTForecasts publishes market research reports for the PC, mobile phone, Smartphones, information appliance and Internet industries.

 
 
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  Updated September 7, 2005