3G Americas is reporting that GSM has taken more than 50% of the market share in the Americas region, adding nearly 100 million new customers from June 2005 to June 2006. At the end of 2Q 2006, two billion of the world’s 2.41 billion cellular subscribers used GSM/UMTS. At 2Q 2005, GSM held 38% of the Americas market, while twelve months later, that market share has grown to 51%. Much of this is due to operators transitioning their CDMA networks to GSM.
So why is GSM the cat’s pajamas? Erasmo Rojas, 3G Americas’ Director of Latin America explains:
“The benefits of GSM technology for the Latin American market are the strengths of the global GSM eco-system, such as open standards, commercial availability in every single country of the region, and greater variety and lower cost of handsets. GSM has overtaken all other wireless technologies and is the consumer’s number one choice.”