The Global mobile Suppliers Association (or GSA if they’re good buddies of yours) announced recently that the number of GSM subscriptions worldwide will pass 2 billion within the next couple of weeks. With the first billion GSM subscriptions announced in February 2004, 12 years after the launch of the first networks, this announcement comes only two and a half years later — quite an impressive period of growth.
The GSM family of technologies is comprised of GSM/GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA and HSDPA, and makes up more than 81% of the worldwide mobile market, with subscribers of CDMA having 13% market share. Between January 06 – April 06, the GSM family added almost 160 million subscriptions (i.e. more than 1.32 million daily).
Here’s some more fun info from the GSA: WCDMA has shown that it is the 3G technology of choice globally with 112 networks having launched commercial services in 49 countries. There are also 204 GSM/EDGE network deployments in 113 countries with 151 launched across 88 countries, many being deployed as complementary to WCDMA networks for service continuity.