Mobile subscriptions breach world population

Today, around 45% of all mobile phone subscriptions are associated with smartphones, says Ericsson. For the first time, global mobile subscriptions have surpassed the world population. This is according to the Ericsson Mobility Report for 2016 released prior to the Mobile World Congress event set for next week. The report says as at Q4 2015, there were about 7.3 billion mobile subscriptions in the world. Ericsson believes the number will shoot up to 9.1 billion by 2021. The United Nations estimates the world population to be about seven billion. Global mobile subscriptions are growing around 3% year-on-year, the report says, noting India grew the most in terms of net additions during the quarter (over 21 million added), followed by China (over six million added), the US (over five million), Myanmar (over five million), and Nigeria (over three million).…


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