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 Tuesday, March 11, 2008

According to MIC (Market Intelligence Center), an ICT industry research institute based in Taipei, global mobile phone subscribers hit 3.1 billion in 2007, thanks mainly to the continuing increase of prepaid subscribers with double SIM cards and corporate clients in the US and European markets. With the global mobile phone penetration rate reaching approximately half of the global population, growth momentum of global subscribers is expected to slow down after 2008.

The CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of global mobile phone subscribers is expected to reach 7.9% during the period 2007-2012, boosting the number of global mobile phone subscribers to 4.5 billion in 2012, with penetration rate hitting 64.7%, up from 46.8% in 2007.

First-generation analog mobile phone systems will be shut down entirely by the end of 2008. TDMA system now prevailing in the Americas is switching to GSM or WCDMA system, as some mobile operators such as AT&T Mobility have implemented different roaming charges.

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Source: Cellular News.