Today, two thirds of the world's population are connected. More than half (55%) of subscribers are in the Asia and Pacific region, where the two largest markets in the world are located: China and India. China boasts over one billion subscribers, and India reaches 730 million.
The global mobile communications industry has reached 5 billion individual subscribers to mobile communications, according to real-time data provided by GSMA Intelligence, the research division dedicated to GSMA. The target of 5 billion subscribers means that more than two-thirds of the world's population today are connected to a mobile service. It took four years to add the last billion subscribers.
"Reaching 5 billion subscribers is an extraordinary milestone for a sector that has only a few decades of life, and reflects the many billions of dollars that mobile operators have invested in networks, services, and reach across a range of Years, "said Mats Granryd, General Manager of GSMA. "Today mobile communications are a truly global platform that offers connectivity and, perhaps even more important, social and economic opportunities for citizens all over the world. This tremendous scope allows the mobile communications industry to be an essential player in implementing global initiatives such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals. "
More than half (55%) of subscribers are in the Asia and Pacific region, where the two largest markets in the world are located: China and India. China boasts over one billion subscribers, and India reaches 730 million.
The world's largest number of paired countries is Europe with 86% of citizens subscribing to a mobile service; The area where fewer subscribers are located is Sub-Saharan Africa, with 44%.
The number of unique subscribers to mobile services around the world is expected to reach 5.7 billion by the end of the decade; At that point almost three-quarters of the world's population will be subscribed to a mobile service. India is the country with the largest growth as the number of subscribers, responsible by about 30% of new subscribers by 2020.