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Mobile subscribers to hit 5.2B in 2011,
access lines slowing everywhere but CALA


CAMPBELL, California, August 6, 2008—Communications market research firm Infonetics Research reports there were 3 times more mobile subscribers than access line subscribers worldwide in 2007 (3.3 billion vs. 1.1 billion), and expects continued strong growth in mobile subscribers, mainly driven by basic voice service needs in BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China).

Infonetics’ report, Fixed and Mobile Subscribers, shows that the number of mobile subscribers jumped 31% in 2007 over 2006, while access line subscribers declined 5%.

“Subscribers in Brazil, Russia, and later this year China, are migrating to 3G, which in turn will lead to a 2G and 2.5G to 3G subscriber migration process in 2008. However, current GSM deployment patterns remain unabated, with double-digit GSM subscriber growth rates being common in BRIC countries,” said Stéphane Téral, principal analyst at Infonetics Research.

Other report highlights:

  • The number of worldwide mobile subscribers will reach 5.2 billion by 2011
  • Cellular mobile broadband subscribers are forecast to grow at a 104% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2007 to 2011
  • By 2011, there will be about 1 cellular mobile broadband subscriber for every 4 wireline broadband subscribers
  • Access lines are declining and broadband penetration is increasing, fueling VoIP subscriber penetration
  • Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) is the only region in which the number of access lines is expected to grow
  • WiMAX is emerging as both a 3G mobile and a broadband wireline alternative

Infonetics’ report provides worldwide and regional 2007 actuals and 2008 to 2011 forecasts for access lines and fixed and mobile subscribers, including cable, DSL, PON, Ethernet FTTH, VoIP, IPTV, cable switched digital video (SDV), mobile, cellular mobile broadband, mobile video, WiMAX, and seamless fixed mobile convergence (FMC) subscribers, all with additional splits (see prospectus). The report includes charts and analysis comparing subscriber types, regional service provider subscriber highlights, fundamental drivers of the market, technology developments, excerpts from Infonetics’ service provider capex reports, and more.

Market size and forecasts are presented for North America (US and Canada), EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), Asia Pacific (including Japan and Australia), CALA (Caribbean and Latin America, including Mexico), and worldwide. The report also provides mobile subscriber data for Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, China, and India.

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Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets, including network security, enterprise voice, unified communications, broadband networks, IPTV, IP video, mobile TV, optical networks, metro Ethernet, carrier routing and switching, wireless, FMC, VoIP, IMS, policy management, subscriber management, service management, carrier capex and opex, and more. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

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"...current GSM deployment patterns remain unabated, with double-digit GSM subscriber growth rates being common in BRIC countries."

Stéphane Téral
Principal Analyst, Infonetics Research
Fixed and Mobile Subscribers