7/12/2010 11:05:00 AM
Five billionth mobile subscription added
The five billionth mobile subscription was added last week, according to Ericsson estimates based on industry information.
Emerging markets such as India and China have added substantially to the count, the company said.
Mobile broadband subscriptions are growing at similar pace and are expected to amount to more than 3.4 billion by 2015 (from 360 million in 2009), Ericsson added.
In more mature markets, connected devices are driving the increase in network traffic. According to Ericsson, figures will reach 50 billion connections within this decade.
In the year 2000, about 720 million people had mobile subscriptions – less than the amount of users China alone has today.