The latest report from the International Telecommunications Union presented a staggering statistic, with 67% of all people on the planet now mobile phone subscribers. It is thought a mind-bending 4.6 billion people had subscribed to a mobile phone service prior to the end of 2009 – relative to 67% of the planet’s human population.
This increase underlines the immense growth that the mobile industry has engineered over the last eight years. Even in 2002 just 1 billion people were signed up to use mobile phone services – with 3.6 billion new users in the last eight years.
It would seem that communications technology products are becoming much more accessible and economical to all corners of the globe. In comparison to global average income, mobile phone costs are lowest in Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Kuwait and Luxembourg, with the United States interestingly also on the horizon.