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March 15, 2011

Mobile Subscribers exceeds 5.3 Billion as India Drives Growth

This data is of Mid 2010 and not updated
Despite saturated markets in developed countries, the world added a record 196 million mobile subscribers during the fourth quarter of 2010. According to research firm TeleGeography, the previous record of just under 190 million new subscribers was set during the fourth quarter of 2007 — the year the iPhone hit stores. The growth is positive for operators, but they are already looking ahead to ensure that sales keep trending up when everyone has a cell phone.

Mobile subscribers grew by almost 690 million globally in 2010, to over 5.3 billion, and its  predicts that by 2014 the number of global wireless subscribers will top seven billion. This will be driven in part by the expansion of 3G networks in India and China, which were No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, when it came to adding subscribers in the fourth quarter of 2010. India saw 42 percent growth for the year, while China’s mobile subs grew by 14 percent year over year.

India was one of the main drivers of the record  exceptional  increase in , the final quarter of the year was exceptional. India's mobile operators added 63 million subscribers in the three-month period – a number which exceeds the total subscriber count in either France, Spain, or South Korea. China was once again the country with the second largest subscriber increase, but the number of mobile subscribers in India is rapidly catching up with China. While mobile subscribers in India grew by 42% in 2010, China's mobile base grew by just 14%, and there is now just a 90 million gap between the two countries.

The next highest ranked countries for subscriber growth in the fourth quarter were Brazil, Indonesia, The United Sates, Nigeria, and Egypt. While Asia and other rapidly developing economies continue to drive wireless subscriber growth,