MEA mobile market to double by 2010

The Middle East and Africa’s mobile market is expected to double in size over the next six years, providing the industry with the highest subscriber growth rates worldwide.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  February 9, 2004

The Middle East and Africa’s mobile market is expected to double in size over the next six years, providing the industry with the highest subscriber growth rates worldwide. The global mobile market is set to expand by over 800 million customers by 2010, reaching the 2 billion mark in 2008 — according to the latest figures from research group, Baskerville. Much of the growth is expected to be fuelled by Asia, where operators are expected to attract half a billion new customers, mainly from India and China. But the report adds that the Middle East and Africa markets will show the greatest growth during the period, albeit from a much smaller base. Their combined markets are due to double in size over the period, with over 100 million new customers signing up for mobile services by 2010. “The relatively under-developed US mobile market is also forecast to expand rapidly in the next year or two — due to US operators having made their technology choices for 2.5G and 3G — and add over 66 million new customers between now and end-2006,” adds Olivia Gibney, senior analyst at Baskerville. The group also predicts that by 2010, the number of mobile customers having adopted 3G technology will have passed the half a billion mark. 10% of the world’s subscribers — over 250 million — are expected to be using 3G services by end-2007.

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