With 6.4 billion global cellular subscriptions now almost everyone has a mobile phone or other mobile device. However, Ericsson Mobility Report 2012, says, out of those 6.4 billion subscription, the actual number of subscribers is around 4.3 billion, since many have several subscriptions.
What Mobility Report 2012 Says About Mobile Subscriptions
Global mobile penetration reached 91 percent in Q3 2012 and mobile subscriptions now total around 6.4 billion. However, the actual number of subscribers is around 4.3 billion, since many have several subscriptions.
China alone accounted for around 35 percent of net additions, adding around 38 million subscriptions.
Brazil (+9 million), Indonesia (+7 million), and the Philippines (+5 million) follow in terms of net additions.
The number of mobile subscriptions in India declined by around 18 million in the quarter. The reason is an increased focus on active subscriptions, with the decline coming from the removal of inactive subscriptions.
Mobile subscriptions have grown by around 9 percent year-on-year and 2 percent quarter-on-quarter.
Mobile broadband subscriptions have grown by around 55 percent year-on-year and have reached above 1.4 billion.
There is continued strong momentum for smartphone uptake in all regions. Approximately 40 percent of all mobile phones sold in Q3 2012 were smartphones, compared to around 30 percent for the full year in 2011. Only around 15 percent of the worldwide installed base of mobile phone subscriptions uses smartphones, which means
that there is considerable room for further uptake.
LTE is now growing strongly, with 13 million new subscriptions added in Q3 2012. GSM/EDGE added around 20 million and WCDMA/HSPA around 65 million.