These stats all come courtesy of Portio Research (www.portioresearch.com):
- Half the world will use a mobile phone by 2009
- The number of mobile subscribers worldwide topped 2 billion at the end of 2005, and will rise to 3.96 billion by 2011
- The Asia-Pacific region will account for 50% of the total number of subscribers worldwide by the end of this decade. 1.067 billion of those subscribers will come from China and India, the world’s two biggest mobile markets.
- Africa boasts the fastest growth rate in the world, forecast to add 265 million mobile subscribers over the next 6 years.
These statistics all come from the report, "Worldwide Mobile Market Forecasts 2006 – 2011," which provides a comprehensive analysis of worldwide mobile markets, growth forecasts, and network operator market shares.
The report also provides a worldwide 3G summary with a snapshot of the progress of 3G adoption across the world to date and predictions for future growth. While Western Europe and the U.S. will see greater than 50% 3G subscriber penetration by 2011, the Asia Pacific region will see only 35%, albeit with 1.06 billion subscribers by 2011, making this the largest regional 3G market in the world.