Jun 19 2012
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Ericsson: Over 69,000 New Mobile Connections Added Per Day Across Middle East
Middle East records 96 percent mobile subscriptions penetration in first quarter of 2012
Ericsson's second Traffic and Market Report reveals that global Smartphone subscriptions are expected to reach 3 billion in 2017
Global mobile subscriptions reached 6.2 billion in Q1 2012 and 170 million new mobile subscriptions were added during the quarter
According to the study, mobile subscription penetration in the Middle East stood at 96 percent, compared to 69 percent in China and 97 percent in North America. It was also revealed that total mobile subscriptions around the world are expected to reach nine billion by 2017, compared to six billion at the end of 2011. The report forecasts that 85 percent of the world's population will have internet coverage via 3G by 2017 and that mobile broadband connections will reach the five billion mark that year.
"These numbers are a clear indication of the tremendous potential for growth we're seeing in the Middle East," remarked Anders Lindblad, President and Head of Ericsson in the Middle East Region. "Although the region has matured over the years, as reflected by the penetration we're seeing, the mobile telephony market still continues to grow at a phenomenal rate, outpacing markets such as North America and Western Europe."
Lindblad added: "This data points to the Middle East's continuing evolution into, what we at Ericsson call, a Networked Society. We are fast reaching a point where everything that can be connected, will be connected and where mobile access to broadband will eventually become an essential service."
About this report
Ericsson has performed measurements since the early days of mobile broadband from a large base of live networks covering all regions of the world. The aim of this report is to share analysis based on these measurements, internal forecasts and other relevant studies to provide insights into the current traffic and market trends. We will continue to share traffic and market data, along with our analysis, on a regular basis.
For more information and to download the full report please visit: www.ericsson.com/traffic-market-report
The 69,230 daily penetration rate was arrived at by dividing 6.3 million, which was the total growth recorded in Q1 2012, by 91, which was the total number of days in January, February and March 2012
Ericsson is the world's leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today more than 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscribers.
We operate in 180 countries and employ more than 100,000 people. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2011 the company's net sales were SEK 226.9 billion (USD 35.0 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges.
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