China, India dominate global mobile market
July 25, 2012

Technology has revolutionized the way both China and India have developed, its catapulted growth, leveled equations between people and empowered citizens to invent a better world for themselves. It helps break boundaries, dissolve differences, cut distances and merge minds worldwide.

Because technology has brought so much to both tech-aficionados, our two nations have also adopted every megabyte. And as a result of comfort and convenience are increasingly going mobile. According to a recent study conducted by Ericsson, India and China account for 35 percent of 4.1 billion active mobile services users worldwide.

“Global mobile penetration reached 85 percent in Q4 (last quarter) 2011 and mobile subscriptions now total around 6 billion. “However, the actual number of subscribers is about 4.1 billion (actually totalling 60 percent), since many subscribers have several subscriptions,” according to Ericsson Traffic and Market Data Report.

Further, with work and play both enabled on your fingertips, the telecom market has only been augmented by the smart phone. The iphone, Samsung galaxy and black berry are the holy triloka that govern the smart phone market and drive sales in both China and India. While iphones haven’t yet exploited the Indian market to its fullest potential, it has enthralled the Chinese market space.

With some of the lowest tariff rates globally, India added 8.35 million subscribers in May, grossing 929.37 million users. The wireless user base grew 0.91 percent in May from 921.02 million in April. With this, the total number of telephone subscribers, including land line holders, touched 960.90 million, registering a growth of 0.84 per cent. Overall teledensity in India reached 79.28 percent.

Last month, Chinese telecoms, which still control the worlds largest telecoms market, added an impressive 11.82 million new subscribers . In terms of gross sums, this puts the total number of Chinese mobile phone users at 1.05 billion, a 0.9 percent increase month-over-month, and the fourth month in a row where the country has had more than a billion mobile subscribers. More importantly, there has been a dramatic increase in Chinese 3G subscriptions. As of June, there were 176 million Chinese 3G subscriptions, a 118 percent increase year-over-year. This is also an important indicator of profitability for the three major Chinese telecom outfits of China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom, as 3G services are particularly lucrative.

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