100 million new GSM users in 3Q

23 Nov 2005

According to a report by the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), in the three months ended 30 September 2005 100 million new GSM customers were signed up, taking the global total to 1.56 billion. On average, in the first nine months of 2005, there were over a million net additions a day, a figure which the association claims is accelerating. Moreover the GSA claims that GSM subscribers now account for 77.2% of all wireless users and made up over 90.8% of 3Q 2005 additions. In North America GSM outsold all other technologies, gaining over 80% of net additions to take its market share to 34.5% (up from 28.7% at the end of 2004). By the end of September, 91 W-CDMA networks had entered commercial service, an increase of 31 during the year, with a further six networks at the pre-commercial stage. The number of W-CDMA subscribers totalled 34.8 million at the end of September, an increase of 106% year-on-year.