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 Thursday, 17 January 2008

Pakistan ended 2007 with 76.61 million mobile phone users, up from 74.59 million in November, according to figures from market regulator the PTA. Mobilink was market leader with 30.66 million customers, followed by Ufone with 16.66 million. Telenor Pakistan is third with 14.60 million, while Warid finished the year with 13.21 million. Mobile teledensity reached 48.42 percent at the end of the year, versus 39.94 percent at the start of 2007.

Source: Wireless Federation.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 13:01:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The launch of Etisalat in Egypt in the second quarter of 2007 was much anticipated, not least because more than eight years of duopoly in Egypt had seen the rate of mobile ownership climb to just one-quarter. At first glance, the addition of a third player appears to have energised the market, with net additions topping 3 million for the first time ever in Q2, and Q3 setting a new record of 3.73 million. The size of the total market stood at 26.99m at the end of September 2007, up from 15.87m a year earlier - a growth rate of 70%.

In addition, both Mobinil and Vodafone posted their highest ever figures for net additions since the launch of Etisalat, Vodafone claiming 1.32 million in Q2 and Mobinil 1.82 million in Q3. Of course, Etisalat itself also contributed to the growth of the market, gaining almost 0.7 million customers in Q3 to reach a total of 1.30 million, compared to 11.97 million for Vodafone and 13.72 million for Mobinil.

Egypt: Proportionate Customer Growth, Q4 04 - Q3 07

Etisalat's arrival has undoubtedly had a positive effect on the Egyptian mobile market, but the above figures may exaggerate the level of its impact somewhat. A glance at the proportionate growth rates yields a less dramatic picture. In each of the two quarters since Etisalat's launch, growth has been at around 16%, a respectable figure but not a particularly impressive one given that penetration was just 25.1% at the end of Q1. Moreover, when Etisalat's contribution is factored out the combined growth rate of the other two operators is around 13% in the first three quarters of 2007, which is roughly the same level as in 2005. Of course, there is a strong possibility that quarterly growth would have remained in the single digit figures recorded in Q1 and Q2 06 had a third player not launched, but this does not alter the impression that neither Mobinil or Vodafone has quite shaken off the ‘comfortable duopoly' mindset.

At the end of Q3, penetration in Egypt stood at just 33.5%. This is by far the lowest rate across the five North African nations, with Morocco in fourth place on 57.9% and Libya the most penetrated on 86.2%.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 12:59:07 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Morocco's Maroc Telecom has commercially launched a 3G/HSDPA service in the country's main cities the company has announced. The company was originally awarded a 3G license in May 2006, along with competitors, Medi Telecom and Maroc Connect.

The 3G coverage is currently available in the cities of Rabat, Casablanca, Mohammedia, Agadir, Fès, Marrakech, Kenitra, Tetouan, Tanger and Essaouira.

Figures from the Mobile World database reports that Maroc Telecom ended last September with around 12.8 million customers - and a market share of 66%.

Maroc Telecom, a 51% subsidiary of France's Vivendi, with the remainder listed on the Casablanca and Paris stock exchanges. The company also holds 51% of the historic operators in Mauritania (Mauritel), Burkina Faso (Onatel) and Gabon (Gabon Telecom).

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 12:56:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

After a comparatively quiet second quarter, the mobile market in the Middle East and Africa has bounced back with a record number of new customers. Over 32 million net additions were made in the three months to end September, some 2 million more than were connected in the previous best quarter, Q4 2006. As has been the case for most of this year, the bulk of the growth has come from Africa, rather than the Middle East, with Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa producing the strongest gains. The most notable exception to this generality is Iran, where additional competition is spurring growth.

Since the last review of the region, there have been a number of adjustments to the data, most notably in Nigeria where the regulator has supplied new data on the market. The result is that Glo Mobile, the independently owned operator, is now credited with a larger share of the national total and in fact, market leadership. Its Q2 numbers have been revised upwards to just over 15 million, enough to give it fourth place in the region last quarter, ahead of MTN Nigeria. As a result of this, the proportion of the region’s customers connected to the ten market leaders has risen from around 43% to 47%. However, the regulator’s numbers show that there is a growing issue with inactivity in the country: of the 46.2m connections at the end of September, nearly 8m – or 17% - were inactive.

Top 10 MNOs by Customers

The list of the ten largest companies in the region is, once again, unchanged as far as constituents are concerned. However, there are several positional changes. The top two are not affected - Vodacom SA remains the market leader in the region, with 22.5 million active customers, ahead of TCI of Iran – but third and fourth have swapped places and last quarter’s seventh has dropped to ninth this time. Vodacom has undertaken a major cull of inactive connections in the last quarter, severing some 2.9 million from its list. In the light of this, it is no surprise that the registered base has dropped by some 1.3 million (to 23.3m) though of course, the activity rate has improved from 88.6% to almost 96%.

Second placed TCI continues to grow rapidly, encouraged by the arrival of genuine national competition in the shape of MTN Iran. TCI added 1.7 million new connections in the quarter to take its total to 19.5 million. On the face of it, this looks like a good result, but it has to be seen in context: this is in fact TCI’s slowest quarter for a year and MTN Iran bettered its 1.71 million total by the best part of 0.25 million, taking a majority of net additions for the first time. Third place in the region goes to Glo Mobile, which was sixth at the start of the year but has apparently now overtaken MTN Nigeria as the market leader. This move leaves STC, the Saudi number one, down in fourth place, with 15.8 million customers.

MTN subsidiaries take both fifth and sixth place this quarter, as they did last. MTN Nigeria is now the largest single unit within the group, ahead of MTN South Africa. The Nigerian company added nearly one million new connections to end the quarter with 14.99 million subscribers, while the South African company added 0.67 million, to reach a total of 14.1 million. The four remaining companies on the list are all in North Africa. Mobinil, the FT/Orascom joint venture in Egypt, has risen from eighth to seventh after adding 1.8 million new connections, while Maroc Telecom has also moved up one place and now has a total of 12.8 million. This leaves it marginally ahead of Orascom Algeria, which, despite adding over 700k new connections had fallen from seventh to ninth, with 12.7 million customers. The final place on the list goes to Vodafone Egypt, which, although it failed to match the pace set by Mobinil, nonetheless added an impressive 1.2 million new customers to close the quarter with 12.2 million.

Mobile ownership continues to spread across the region. At the end of June there were over 60 networks with more than one million customers; three months later that number has risen to over 70, with many of these being multi-million operations. All of the top 15 operators have more than six million customers and the three of these in 11th, 12th and 13th places overall - Algeria Telecom Mobile, Celtel Nigeria and Safaricom Kenya – have over nine million. At their current growth rates, all three will pass the ten million mark in the current quarter.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 09:48:37 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, there were 19.5 million new subscribers in 2007, taking the country’s total number of fixed and mobile users to 46.94 million, giving a penetration rate of 55.2%. Dominant telco VNPT added nearly 9.9 million new customers to reach a total of 27.8 million, helping to boost revenue 13% year-on-year to VND45.3 trillion (USD2.8 billion). Viettel ranked second with 5.9 million new additions, taking its total to 15.3 million and recording revenue of VND16.5 trillion.

Source: Telegeography, based on information from the Ministry of Information and Communications.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 09:45:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Caribbean based operator, Digicel says that it ended last year with more than six million customers, a total investment exceeding US $1.9 billion across the region and new business operations in Suriname, Guyana and El Salvador. The company's measurement is based on an approach of a subscriber only being defined as "active" if that subscriber had a chargeable event in the last 30 days.

"Digicel's progress in 2007 reinforced our position as the Caribbean's leading mobile service provider and demonstrated delivery of sustained growth in our current markets, strategically expanding operations in new markets and providing exciting, first-to-market technology innovations to all of our customers," said Colm Delves, Digicel Group CEO.

Significant inroads were also made by Digicel's sister company, Digicel Pacific. The company launched in Papua New Guinea in July 2007, and the Tonga operator TONFON was acquired in November while Digicel Samoa continues to enjoy steady growth. The Governments of Fiji, Vanuatu and several other countries in the Pacific have committed to license Digicel Pacific shortly.

"2007 was a phenomenal year of growth for Digicel," added Colm Delves. "As we look ahead to 2008, we are very excited about further strengthening our presence in current markets, strategically expanding our business operations in new markets and continuing to bring new technology innovations and products to all of our customers."

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 09:43:55 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of mobile connections in Nigeria finished just 10k shy of 44m at the end of Q3 07, and penetration broke through 30% to finish on 32.4%. Net additions totaled 16.90m in the 12 months ending 30th September 2007 and annual growth stood at 62.4%, only marginally below the 63.6% rate recorded a year earlier.

In quarterly terms, the market grew by 14.6%, with a record 5.62m net additions.

Glo Mobile overtook MTN to become the Nigerian market leader in Q2 07, although it had edged ahead briefly in Q4 06 with a lead of 4k at the end of the year. At the end of June 2007 its lead was 1.1m, and three months later it had grown to 3.0m, with 18.01m customers to MTN’s 14.99m. In terms of market share, Glo posted a figure of 40.9% at the end of Q3, giving it a 6.8pp lead over MTN. Glo achieved this result through two excellent quarters with net additions of 2.77m in Q2 and 2.87m - its best ever result - in Q3. In total, it added over 8.55m new connections in the year, compared to 4.61m for MTN.

Nigeria: Quarterly Net Additions

In fact, as the above chart shows, Celtel has also had an excellent quarter, claiming a clear second place for net additions with 1.91m to finish the quarter with a total customer base of 9.88m. In proportionate terms, it posted a quarterly growth rate of 24.0%. The fastest growing operator in Q3, however, was CDMA operator Starcomms, which launched at the end of March. Although it has yet to make a significant impact on the market with just 0.9% market share at the end of Q3, it did claim top spot for quarterly growth with a rate of 28.9%. It finished Q3 just short of 0.4m customers. The fifth operator in the market is Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications (Nitel), which has been in decline for some time with three successive quarterly losses. At the end of Q3 07, it had 0.72m customers, having lost over 0.55m in the year. However, with new owners in place at Nitel, there is finally a glimmer of hope for this business and we will follow developments with a keen interest in 2008.

Source: Cellular News.

Thursday, 17 January 2008 09:42:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Spain added 182,263 mobile phone subscriptions in November 2007, taking the toal to 49.58 million mobile lines, or 110.9 lines per 100 inhabitants, according to telecommunication regulator CMT. Of the subscribers, 50.7 percent (92,407) signed with Vodafone, 30.2 percent (55,043) chose Yoigo, 10.9 percent (19,867) went with Telefonica Movil’s Movistar, and 1.6 percent (2,916) chose MVNOs. Mobile number portability rose by 7 percent to 328,455 lines in November 2007 compared to November 2006. Telefonica added 18,269 ported numbers and Yoigo added 18,150. Orange had lost 21,945 net lines to portability, followed by Vodafone with 12,131, Euskaltel with 359 and the remainder of MVNOs lost 1,987.

Source: Wireless Federation base on CMT.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:11:00 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Guatemala’s telecoms regulator Superintendcia de Telecomunicaciones (SIT) has announced that the country’s three cellular operators signed almost three million subscribers between them during 2007, ending the year with 10.15 million customers in total. The growth was fuelled by cut-price mobile packages hitting the market. The regulator says that Millicom subsidiary Comcel led the market at end-2007, closely followed by America Movil’s local unit, Claro. Third-placed operator Movistar, which is backed by Telefonica of Spain, claimed around 25% of all subscribers.

Source: Telegeography, based on SIT.

Tuesday, 15 January 2008 16:10:01 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 14 January 2008

Algeria's fixed and cellular revenues are projected to exceed US$4.7 billion in 2011, growing from around US$ 4.1 billion in 2007 reports the Arab Advisors Group. The expected privatization of Algérie Telecom in 2008 should also enhance growth in the massive Algerian cellular and fixed market.


Algeria's government is planning to partially privatize Algérie Télécom. The sale was expected to be take place by end of 2006, with the government selling 35% of the operator in an Initial Public Offering (IPO). However the procedures have not been finalized and the tender was yet not launched, but expected to take place in 2008. The ARPT had announced that the process has arrived at a point of maturity and the file is currently with the hands of the Algerian government. Algérie Telecom remained the monopoly fixed operator till 2005. The monopoly status ended in May 2005, when the ARPT awarded the Consortium Algérien des Telecommunication (CAT) a 15-year renewable license to provide fixed, international and rural services.


Algeria's mainlines market grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.9% during the period from 2002 to 2006. The fixed line network has a relatively low penetration rate, which reached 9.1% by end of September 2007. The total number of fixed line subscribers reached 3.109 million subscribers in the third quarter of 2007.

Source: Cellular News, based on report by Arab Advisors Group.


Monday, 14 January 2008 16:27:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

APA – Douala (Cameroon). Over five million Cameroonians or more than 40 percent of the population have access to fixed and mobile telephony, the Telecoms regulatory agency (ART) revealed Thursday.

These are the aggregated figures as of 31 December 2007 from the country's three telecoms operators - the state-owned fixed and cellular operator Cameroon Telecommunication (CAMTEL), as well as French Orange and South Africa's Mobile Telephon Network (MTN), two multinational outfits specialising in mobile telephony.

ART director Jean-Louis Beh Mengue said "the migration to 8-digit numbers six months ago opened new prospects for the development of telecommunications in Cameroon."

The new numbering scheme, which has a capacity of 80 million lines, is expected remain operational until 2030.

ART said other entrants could join the markets, especially in the mobile sector.

The regulator aims at streamlining the market with sanctions on illegal V-SAT operators.

A 2008 action plan prioritises the launch of a space segment, infrastructure mutualisation, as well as reduced costs of telecoms.

Currently, a minute's call costs an average 180 CFA francs, with 200 CFA francs in peak hours and 160 CFA francs during low traffic, while SMS messages remain unchanged at 60 CFA francs.

Sources said the number of cellular subscribers is 5 million, against 400,000 fixed line registered users.

Source Cellular News.

Monday, 14 January 2008 09:44:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

South Korea's Korean Investment Services has reported that during 2007, the three local mobile operators had net additions numbering 3.3 million. Considering annual net additions were only 1.76 million in 2005 and 1.86 million in 2006, the 2007 result was quite exceptional, caused by stiff competition for subscriber attraction and 3G marketing.

Although all three companies could not avoid seeing eroded profitability due to higher marketing costs, sign-ups gained in 2007 should contribute to sales growth from 2008.

SK Telecom and LG Telecom were relatively strong in subscriber attraction over the last year. In particular, as SK Telecom sought to defend its market share of 50.5% from the beginning of last year, its annual market share of net additions exceeded 50% for the first time since 2003. LG Telecom was also successful with 0.8 million net additions by focusing on 2G subscriber attraction in contrast to KTF, which concentrated its marketing efforts on early 3G services.

Handset sales: Dropped slightly MoM

In December, the number of mobile telecom subscribers reached 43.5 million with the service penetration rate up to 89.3%.

The number of 3G service subscribers grew by 0.9 million in December to reach 5.7 million, or 13.1% of all mobile signups. SK Telecom attracted 466,314 net additions to its 3G service, beating KTF’s 431,108 for the fourth straight month. In cumulative numbers, SK Telecom and KTF have 2.5 million and 3.2 million, which account for 9.3% and 20.3% of total subscribers, respectively.

The research firm said that it expects that the cumulative numbers to reach 16.5 million by the end of 2008 and 27.5 million by 2009. LG Telecom, which should start full-fledged 3G service this year, should accelerate the migration.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 14 January 2008 09:43:30 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Tigo, the GSM network operator in Ghana said at a recent press conference that its subscriber base has now passed the two million mark. This compares with roughly 3.9 million for the largest operator in the country, MTN. The company attributed its subscriber growth to efforts to reduce congestion on the network last year.

Figures dated last September from the Mobile World record that ScanCom/MTN ended with 3.87 million customers - followed by Millicom/Tigo (1.5 million), Ghana Telecom (1.44 million) and finally Kasapa Telecom with 248,000 customers.

Source: Cellular News and the Chronicle.

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Monday, 14 January 2008 09:36:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 10 January 2008

Ecuador finished November with a total 9.814 million mobile subscribers, according to market regulator Suptel. Porta remained the largest operator, with 6.75 million customers versus 5.45 million a year earlier. Movistar’s base grew to 2.63 million from 2.41 million, and Alegro increased its subscriber numbers to 429,000 from 326,000. Since September, Suptel has applied a definition of subscribers as active when using services in the past 90 days.

Source: Wireless Federation, based on Suptel Report.

Thursday, 10 January 2008 14:45:50 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Messaging services provider, Acision says that - according to their figures - global SMS traffic over the 2007/2008 New Year period increased by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year. Around the world, phone users sent a total of 43 billion text messages to wish their loved ones a happy New Year - of which more than 23 billion were processed through Acision's systems.

Growth was strong in both mature and emerging markets - in Portugal, SMS traffic almost tripled across the festive period compared to last year and Dutch operator KPN saw its messaging traffic double on New Years Eve.

However the most astounding growth figures came from developing markets, where India's 220 million mobile subscribers sent over a billion text messages - a 300% increase to their day to day traffic levels.

The Philippines retained its title as the text messaging capital of the world - sending a remarkable 1.39 billion text messages from a subscriber base of just 50 million.

Steven van Zanen, Head of Messaging Futures, Acision said: "Messaging represents a significant slice of mobile operator revenues, and events like New Years Eve demonstrate how critical it is for operators to ensure a reliable and speedy service. One of our operator customers' infrastructure operated under peaks of 19,000 messages sent per second without congestion or delay. The New Year figures are eagerly anticipated each year and this year's record traffic levels again do not disappoint."

Source: Cellular News.

World | SMS
Thursday, 10 January 2008 09:01:02 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 09 January 2008

At the end of September, there were 20 networks in the world with more than 30 million customers. Eight of these were in the Asia Pacific region including the largest and the second largest. Six of the 20 come from just two countries, China and India, and these six together account for over 650 million customers, or nearly 21% of the global total.

In previous issues, when reviewing this region, we have noted that the weight of demographics limits the number of changes in the order of the top ten operators and this continues to be the case. The one change this quarter is that Bharti has now overtaken Telkomsel in Indonesia to take fourth place with a total of 48.9 million customers at the end of the period. It is poised to jump another place in the current quarter (at DoCoMo's expense) as the recently-published November numbers show the Japanese operator has added just a handful of new customers since the end of the quarter, to stand at 53.03 million, while the Indian number one has taken on a further 4 million to reach 52.96 million, less than seventy thousand below the company that was for almost all of the last century the clear global leader.

Asia Pacific, Leading MNOs (m)

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Wednesday, 09 January 2008 09:48:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hong Kong ended fiscal 2007 with 9.356 million mobile users, up 7 percent from 8.693 million users at the end of fiscal 2006, according to figures from regulator OFTA. Telecommunications services revenue totalled HKD 52.811 billion, up 3 percent from HKD 51.094 billion. Cable TV subscribers rose to 1.53 million, up 10 percent from 1.39 million. ISDN subscribers increased to 13121 from 12009. ISDN B channel equivalent subscribers increased to 79,458 subscribers from 75,493 subscribers. International outgoing telephone minutes totalled 6.747 billion, up 14 percent from 5.909 billion. International incoming telephone minutes increased nearly 8 percent to 2.291 billion from 2.122 billion. International bothway telephone minutes increased 12.5 percent to 9.038 billion from 8.031 billion. Full-time telecommunication staff decreased to 17,935 from 19,019 staff previously. 135.40 percent of the population was covered compared to 124.8 percent in the previous year. Main telephone lines in operation increased to 3.85 million versus 3.798 million. Public payphones decreased to 6182 from 6769 payphones.

Source: Wireless Foundation.

Wednesday, 09 January 2008 09:41:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 07 January 2008

Bangladesh's telecoms regulator, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has published subscriber data for last November, as supplied to them by the operators. The country itself ended the month with 33.1 million subscribers, which equates to a population penetration level of around 22%. The market added a net 770,000 new subscribers in the month of November.

Grameenphone remains the market leader by a considerable margin, with 16.01 million subscribers. Second and third place are almost neck and neck, with Aktel on 6.53 million and Banglalink a shade behind on 6.51 million.

The remaining three operators are Warid (1.95 million), Citycell (1.38 million) and last is Teletalk with just 720,000 subscribers.

Source: Cellular News.

Monday, 07 January 2008 16:18:11 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Uruguay added 1.43mn mobile lines in the first eleven months of 2007 to total 3.2mn, local newspaper El País reported.

At the end of 2006, the country had 2.05mn mobile lines.

At the end of November, Ancel, the mobile unit of state-owned telco Antel, had 1.25mn subscribers, Telefónica unit Movistar Uruguay had 1.2mn subscribers while CTI Móvil, a unit of Mexican giant América Móvil, had almost 746,000.

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Monday, 07 January 2008 10:57:48 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The declining prices of mobile handsets and low connectivity costs have helped in doubling internet access through cellphones this year.
The latest Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) figures showed that the number of Indians using their mobiles (both GSM and CDMA) to access the internet has more than doubled from 16 million in 2006 to 38 million in 2007.
There were 2.69 million broadband subscribers as on October 30 this year. Besides, of the 22 million PCs in the country, around 30-40 per cent have internet access.

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Monday, 07 January 2008 10:50:03 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 21 December 2007

Although the 100% penetration level was reached in Q1 of this year, mobile growth has not slowed to any great extent and in fact, the third quarter saw more new connections than either of the earlier quarters, with 20.14m new connections, against 14.5m in the second and 16.3m in the first. Curiously, the 20m figure is almost exactly the same number as in both Q3 06 and Q3 05, when net additions totalled 20.4m and 20.2m respectively.

If the normal seasonal pattern is repeated in Q4, then the final period of the year should see something between 25-30m new connections, enough to take penetration up to 110%. This reflects the fact that it is now quite commonplace to have more than one mobile account - one for work and another for domestic use. Add to this a small but growing number of machine to machine SIMs and a steadily increasing number of datacards or 3G USB devices, remove inactives where appropriate and clearly, there is no immediate prospect of a cessation of growth.

Top 20 European MNOs by Customers

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Friday, 21 December 2007 15:59:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

We have recently updated our forecasts for the Chinese market and like many of you we are following the prospective development of high-speed networks closely. Since Q1 2005, China has been growing at an average of 4%  quarter on quarter. Contrast this with a more mature market like the USA which has averaged 2% growth on a quarterly basis since Q3 last year. Today, China represents 40% of Asia Pacific cellular connections, and 16% of the World cellular connections. If the market follows the pattern we believe it will next year, it can add another 100 million connections and reach 46% market penetration in just 5 more quarters.

Figure 1: China: Cellular connections and market penetration

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Friday, 21 December 2007 15:34:12 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 20 December 2007

Brazil was home to more than 116.3 million mobile phones at the end of November, up 1.4%, or 1.62 million, from the end of the previous month and 19.5% higher than the figure recorded at end-November 2006, according to data published by the telecoms regulator Anatel.

Source : Telegeography based on report from Anatel.

Thursday, 20 December 2007 10:42:13 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The number of broadband accesses in Brazil grew 8.3 percent in the third quarter of this year, with 544,000 new connections sold in the period, according to the Cisco Broadband Barometer. The total number of users reached 7.1 million. Residential access accounts for 86.3 percent of installed connections. The corporate market grew at a slower pace, just 2.4 percent in comparison to the second quarter. Broadband access speeds between 1 Mbps and 2 Mbps suffered a 30 percent drop in prices, while the drop was only 4.1 percent for speeds above 2 Mbps. The state of Sao Paulo is the biggest consumer of broadband, with 40.1 percent of total connections in Brazil. In national terms, broadband penetration is only 3.8 percent, with most accesses (75 percent) of the xDSL type.

Source: Wireless Federation based on Cisco Broadband Barometer.

Thursday, 20 December 2007 10:41:05 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Between13-15 of December, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized its 6th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators (WTI) Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. As the UN Agency in charge of telecommunications/ICT, ITU plays a lead role in the collection and harmonization of internationally comparable telecommunication/ICT statistics. The WTI meeting is organized regularly to review the state of telecommunication/ICT statistics, definitions, collection, and methodology.

In this year’s meeting 171 delegates from almost 80 ITU member countries and a number of regional and international organizations discussed the measurement of community access, the formulation of possible new indicators to measure the Information Society and the single ITU index.

The meeting was opened by Mr. S. Al Basheer Al Morshid, Director of the ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT). Mr. Al Basheer Al Morshid highlighted ITU’s obligation and commitment to measure the Information Society. ITU has repeatedly emphasized that, to appropriately tackle the digital divide, it is crucial to overcome the statistical divide. This is important on a national level, to help governments identify their progress, their strengths and their weaknesses, so as to overcome barriers to wider and qualitatively better access to ICTs. At the same time these statistics are used to make international comparisons and allow governments to assess their performance objectively, identify realistic targets and create demands for improvement.

The meeting agreed upon a set of indicators to measure community/public access, an area where little information is currently available. It also discussed the measurement and definition of 'mobile broadband' and discussed possible indicators for the ITU index. For more information on the meeting, see:

Source: ITU.

Thursday, 20 December 2007 10:29:41 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

The vast majority of Europe's mobile customers are contained within its eight largest markets – France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and the UK. Together, these account for nearly 500m of the 700m total, or just over 70%. The largest of these is Germany, with a total of 89.15m at the end of the quarter, while the smallest is Poland which closed the period on exactly 40m mark.

However, there are marked differences in penetration levels across the eight and also, some notable differences in growth rate.

Italy remains by far the most heavily penetrated market, with a level of ownership equating to some 143% of its population, nearly 25ppts more than the second country on this list, Spain. Both are obviously popular holiday destinations, which, given the quarter in question, might inflate the numbers to a degree but thee is little evidence to support this - certainly, neither market has ever seen a fourth quarter slump of the kind that we see in some of the Balkan states.

Subscriber base - Q3 06 – Q3 07

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Thursday, 20 December 2007 09:59:51 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |