The fifth edition of the ITU's World Telecommunication Development Report, specially prepared for the Telecom'99 event taking place in Geneva in October 1999, examines mobile cellular communications. The
growth of mobile cellular communications has been astounding. From around 11 million subscribers in 1990, there were over 300 million at the end of 1998. It is forecast that mobile cellular subscribers will surpass fixed telephone lines sometime the next decade. The report examines the implications of the mobile cellular revolution including technological aspects, regulatory options, relevance for developing countries and pricing.