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UN telecom agency says world has 6 billion mobile subscribers

PTI Geneva | Updated on October 11, 2012

The world now has nearly as many cell phone subscriptions as inhabitants.

The UN telecom agency says there were about 6 billion subscriptions by the end of 2011 roughly one for 86 of every 100 people.

In a report today, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said China alone accounted for 1 billion subscriptions, and India is expected to hit the 1-billion mark this year.

The Geneva-based agency says 2.3 billion people or about one in three of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants were Internet users by the end of 2011, but there’s a strong disparity between rich and developing countries.

ITU says 70 per cent of people who use the Internet live in wealthier, industrialised countries, compared with 24 percent who live in poorer, developing nations.

Published on October 11, 2012

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