1.56 bln GSM subscribers worldwide, 34.8 mln 3G users

According to Global Mobile Suppliers Association, in Q3 2005 100 mln new GSM customers signed up for service, taking the global total to 1.56 bln. GSM subscribers now account for 77.2% of all wireless users and made up over 90.8% of Q3 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). The number of W-CDMA subscribers totalled 34.8 mln at the end of Q3 2005, an increase of 106% YTY.