2 bln mobile subscribers by year-end 2005

The global mobile phone market is set to grow to 2 bln subscribers by the end of 2005, fueled by strong demand from developing economies in Asia and Latin America, according to Deloitte & Touche. Mobile penetration would surpass 100% in some markets as users take a second connection for data or for personal use. The mobile industry had 1.5 bln users in June 2004.