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 Monday, May 26, 2008

GENEVA (AFP)--The number of mobile phone users worldwide soared to over 3.3 billion by the end of 2007, equivalent to a penetration rate of 49%, the International Telecommunications Union said in a report Friday.

Africa showed the strongest gains over the past two years and more than two-thirds of all mobile subscribers were from developing countries by the end of 2007, the ITU said.

This is "a positive trend that suggests that developing countries are catching up," the report said.

Mobile subscription growth stood at 39% annually in Africa between 2005-2007, and 28% in Asia over the same period.

India and China added 154 million and 143 million new subscribers respectively.

The global annual average growth rate stood at 22%, the ITU said.

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Source: Cellular News