There will be 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, estimates The International Telecommunication Union (October 2010). That is equivalent to 77 percent of the world population. And is a huge increase from 4.6 billion mobile subscriptions at the end of 2009.
• 90 percent of the world now lives in a place with access to a mobile network. For people living in rural communities this is lower at 80 percent.
• At the end of 2010 there could be 3.8 billion mobile subscriptions in the developing world – that’s 73 percent of global subscriptions.
• For more on the latest ITU stats read this: interview with ITU statistics chief Susan Teltscher

Key Global Telecom Indicators for the World Telecommunication Service Sector in 2010
(all figures are estimates)
  Global Developed
nations
Developing
nations
Africa Arab
States
Asia & Pacific CIS Europe The Americas
Mobile cellular subscriptions
(millions)
5,282 1,436 3,846 333 282 2,649 364 741 880
Per 100 people 76.2% 116.1% 67.6% 41.4% 79.4% 67.8% 131.5% 120.0% 94.1%
Fixed telephone lines
(millions) 
(
1,197 506 691 13 33 549 74 249 262
Per 100 people 17.3% 40.9% 12.1% 1.6% 9.4% 14.0% 26.6% 40.3% 28.1%
Mobile broadband subscriptions
(millions)
940 631 309 29 34 278 72 286 226
Per 100 people 13.6% 51.1% 5.4% 3.6% 9.7% 7.1% 25.9% 46.3% 24.2%
Fixed broadband subscriptions
(millions)
555 304 251 1 8 223 24 148 145
per 100 people 8.0% 24.6% 4.4% 0.2% 2.3% 5.7% 8.7% 23.9% 15.5%
Source: International Telecommunication Union (October 2010)   via: mobiThinking

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