By David Byrd
For years telecommunications has sought ubiquity of phone service globally. A major impediment to such an achievement was the cost and complexity of building out the required network infrastructure. Cellular/wireless technology reduced the cost, complexity and allowed for phone service to be expanded into rural and third world geographies more rapidly than previously forecasted. For example, as wireline connections fall in the U.S., wireline connections now exceed the total population with an individual subscriber rate of nearly 250 million people.
Globally, according to 4G Americas and Informa Telecom and Media, there are now 6.4 billion wireless connections, a volume that represents 92 percent of the worlds population. This is astounding when compared to the number of global landlines, which stands today at 1.14 billion or a distant 16 percent of the global population.
To be clear, these numbers do not represent individual users as some subscribers have multiple wireless connections. However, it is clear that the path to global ubiquitous phone service is through wireless technologies. The following represents the information released by 4G Americas.
The following global statistics were reported at the end of the 3Q 2012:
Following are key regional statistics for the 3GPP family of technologies:
Western Hemisphere – All Americas
North America – U.S. and Canada
Latin America and Caribbean
David Byrd is chief marketing officer and executive vice president of channel sales for
ANPI ZONE . He previously spent five years as vice president of marketing and sales for Broadvox and before that was vice president of channels and alliances for Eftia and Telcordia.
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