Research group Strategy Analytics recently released some new numbers from their ongoing 3G subscriber tracking. The data is showing that more than 100 million people around the globe are now using WCDMA and CDMA2000 1x EV-DO 3G technology on their mobile phones, mostly due to a strong operator push supported by many handsets. Interestingly, however, 3G is growing at a faster rate than GSM did in the early 1990s (most likely due to the fact that cell phones have now become a necessity rather than a luxury).
David Kerr, Vice President of the Global Wireless Practice added, “Western Europe has overtaken Japan as 3G leader over the first half of 2006. However, the US market is set to grow rapidly in 2007, when Cingular rolls-out its HSDPA coverage in an attempt to catch up to the first mover advantages enjoyed by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, companies which have benefited from Qualcomm leadership in EV-DO.”
Strategy Analytics predicts reaching 106 million 3G users by the end of Q2 2006.