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Future mobile information society: General Resources
This page provides links to general resources on the mobile information society, including key market indicators, competition policy, fixed-mobile substitution and convergence, spectrum policy and so on. See also ITU's Research Project "Mobile overtakes fixed" (2003) at the Strategy and Policy Unit.

Other resource pages:

Mobile Technology
Content and Applications
Pervasive or ubiquitous mobile
Human and socio-political considerations

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 Don't forget to check out our page on trends in mobile messaging!


Statistics and Indicators
ITU, Mobile cellular subscribers per 100 inhabitants in 196 economies (2002 year-end)
Statistics from the GSM Association
NTT DoCoMo, - Subscriber growth (2G mobile, 3G mobile, i-mode etc...) 
3G Today - 3G subscriber information (W-CDMA and CDMA 2000)
3G operators by country and launch date, from 3G Today
3G Licensing overview  and 3G Deployment Overview from the UMTS Forum
ePaynews, Various Statistics on Mobile Commerce
EMC Press Release, Growth of GSM Data Services, Q1 2002-Q2 2003
Wireless and Mobile Statistics from Wireless World Forum (W2Forum)
SMS Statistics from Mobile Data Association (UK only) 
ITU, Key indicators of world telecommunications (1991-2003). Click here for more information on the 2003 edition of the 'ITU World Telecommunication Indicators Database'


Related ITU Activities

(SPU) SPU NEWSLOG on "Mobile" and "Wireless Networks" and "Ubiquitous Networks"

(SPU) ITU Internet Report "The Portable Internet," September 2004
(SPU) ITU Internet Report "Internet for a Mobile Generation", September 2002"
(SPU) Research project on "Mobile overtakes fixed" (2003)
(ITU-T) Workshop on "Next-Generation Networks: What, When and How
(ITU-T) Seminar on IMT-2000 and Systems Beyond (Ottawa, May 2002)
(ITU) ITU Handbook on Deployment of IMT-2000 Systems
(ITU-R) Working Party 8F on IMT-2000 and Systems Beyond IMT-2000
(ITU-T) IMT-2000 Network Aspects
(ITU-T) Special Study Group IMT-2000 and Beyond


Public Sector, Academic and Research Material
ITU, Article  in ITU News: "Third-generation Mobile: A Status Report", July 2003
Development of Wireless LANs in OECD Countries , OECD, April 2003
European Commission, Communication - Towards the Full Roll-Out of Third Generation Mobile Communications
European Commission, Comparative assessment of the licensing regimes for 3G mobile communications in the European Union and their impact on the mobile communication sector [See also Annex], June 2002
  How (not) to run auctions: The European 3G Telecom Auctions, P. Klemperer, November 2001 (forthcoming in European Economic Review, 2002)
Convergence of Mobile and Fixed Technologies: Extending Broadband Access within Licensed GSM Radio Spectrum , ComReg (Ireland) Consultation Paper, February 2003
Revolutionary Ideas for Radio Regulation, Douglas A. Galbi (FCC) , June 2002
INTUG (International Telecommunications Users Group), Anti-competitive conduct and competition policy in telecommunications, November 2002
OFTEL (UK), Effect of regulation on retail mobile market competition , August 2002
Spectrum Auctions and Efficient Resource Allocation: Learning from the 3G Experience in Europe , William H. Melody, Telecom Reform (, April 2001
Some Economics of Wireless Communications , Y. Benkler, New York University School of Law
Wireless Communications in the Information Society, M.Sc. Thesis - University of Helsinki, Samppa Ruohtula, 1999


Private Sector Material

Qualcomm White paper The economics of wireless mobile data

The Economist Survey - "The Internet Society", January 2003
Open Spectrum: The New Wireless Paradigm , New America Foundation, Working Paper, 2002 


Other conferences/workshops
8th International Conference on Mobile Multimedia Communications (MOMUC), 5-8 October 2003, Munich (Germany)


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