If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. The Mobile World has just run a report claiming there will be 3.25 billion mobile users before the end of the year, pushing it over the 50% penetration mark. The Mobile World’s Senior Analyst John Tysoe puts this number into startling perspective.
“The mobile telecommunications industry continues to set new records, driven by huge demand, especially in India, China and Africa. And the growth rate is still accelerating. It took over 20 years to connect the first billion subscribers, but only 40 months to connect the second billion. The three billion milestone will be passed in July 2007, just two years on. By the end of the year, the global mobile base will exceed 3.25bn connections, or over half the world’s population. With handsets and services becoming ever more affordable, the prospect of a fully connected mobile world is becoming ever more real.”