June 2008

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The usage of mobile phones continues to rise in developing economies. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Information Economy Report 2007-2008, mobile telephony has emerged as the most appropriate ICT tool in developing countries. In developing countries, mobile communications have penetrated even in the remotest parts and the number of mobile subscribers has almost tripled in the last five years. The below-mentioned tabular calculations (2004 – 2006) are based  on ITU World Telecommunication/ICT indicators database.

Mobile phone subscribers by level of development and region

 

2004

Percentage change 2004- 2005

2005

Percentage change 2005- 2006

2006

Developing economies 893760760

31.0

1170638544

32.1

1546324643
Africa 77608792

69.9

131863273

43.7

189497105
Asia 641318745

24.6

798880468

32.0

1054509700

Latin America and the Caribbean

174347694

37.2

239249946

26.1

301640938
Oceania 485529

32.8

644857

5.0

676900
Transition economies 123959088

49.6

185487407

23.8

229579600

Mobile phone subscribers by level of development and region
 

2004

Percentage change 2004- 2005

2005

Percentage change 2005- 2006

2006

Developing economies 17.6

28.9

22.7

30.1

29.5
Africa 9.0

64.0

14.7

39.2

20.5
Asia 17.5

23.1

21.5

30.5

28.1

Latin America and the Caribbean

31.8

35.3

43.1

24.1

53.5
Oceania 5.7

31.4

7.5

2.8

7.7
Transition economies 37.6

48.6

55.9

23.9

69.3
(Mobile phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants)

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