5% of US employees adopted 3G services

Nearly 5% of employees in US companies report that they have already adopted 3G services and an additional 15% to 20% would be likely to do so reports In-Stat. Nearly 30% of employees surveyed indicated they would like to use a mobile email device. Current usage is under 15% among respondents. Among Wi-Fi users who pay for access, mean monthly spending for all business sizes is roughly $40 per month. About 10% of respondents who have monthly subscriptions to Wi-Fi also use pay-per-usage hotspots, causing unforeseen telecommunication expenses for their companies.

3G to reach 60% penetration in Western Europe by 2010

In Europe some 60 commercial 3G networks have already been rolled out. 3G technology is being used by 47 mln subscribers worldwide, and their number is rising fast. 3G penetration in Western Europe will grow to more than 60% by 2010, Deutsche Bank says. Italy and the UK will boast the highest 3G penetration rates in 2010, while Belgium and Greece will have the lowest. Germany and France will rank just below the Western European average.

3G to reach 13.5% of Asia-Pacific by 2010, mobile penetration to reach 37%

As China enters a period of uncertainly from impending industry restructuring, the meteoric rise in India’s mobile subscribers will buoy the region’s growth at 11% CAGR over 2006-2010. Total mobile subscribers are forecast to reach 1.05 bln by 2010 for the aggregated 10 key markets of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Philippines, the PRC, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, according to IDC. The mobile services market in APEJ enjoyed buoyant growth in 2005; with subscribers rising 19% to 628.5 mln and revenue amounting to $81.4 bln representing 18% jump over 2004. Mobile penetration is forecast to reach 37% by 2010, a big leap from 23% in 2005. The growing popularity of prepaid services across the region represents the leading factor driving mobile adoption, which continue to lower the entry barriers for nascent demand and to extend the addressable market to new segments. Supported by the launch of 3G networks in China by the time of the Beijing Summer Olympics, IDC forecasts 3G subscribers to account for 13.5% of the APEJ market by 2010.

106 mln 3G subscribers by end of Q2 2006

Strategy Analytics’ on-going research into 3G subscriber tracking shows that more than 100 mln people around the globe are now using WCDMA and CDMA2000 1x EV-DO 3G technology on their mobile phones. Strategy Analytics predicts reaching 106 mln 3G users by the end of Q2 2006, with the total number of 3G users worldwide hitting the magic 100 mln mark for this populist technology in early June 2006.

55 mln 3G subsribers worldwide in Q1 2006

The GSM Association said 79 of a total 105 WCDMA networks in 43 countries have been or will be upgraded to HSDPA, an increase of 60% in 5 months. Around 1.79 bln mobile phone users around the world are on a GSM network, or 78.4% of all mobile users. The total number of subscribers on all 3G networks totaled 55 mln by March 2006.

22.67 mln 3G users in China in 2006

In 2006, the number of 3G users in China could potentially reach 22.67 mln, Research and Markets reports. By 2008, this number is expected to reach 106.08 mln due to the completion of 3G network’s expansion for national coverage. Young people between 20 and 28 accounts for 55.5% of the total potential users. Users with college qualifications and below account for 78.4% and university graduates 21.6%. The average academic qualification is far higher than the nationwide average.

50 mln 3G subscribers in July 2005

Wireless handset component makers are scrambling to support some challenging market trends including the proliferation of 3G services, reports In-Stat. By mid-2005, the number of 3G subscribers (CDMA2000 1X EV-DO & WCDMA) exceeded 50 mln. The rollout of 3G services has created pressure for carriers to earn cellular data revenue, and has spawned a multitude of cellular devices of every shape and size, and with almost every feature possible.

12% of all cell phones sold in Europe in Q3 2005 were 3G

According to IDC, the Western European mobile phone market (consisting of traditional mobile phones and converged devices) maintained healthy double digit growth in Q3 2005 as shipments increased by 16% YTY and 5% QTQ to reach 39.5 mln units compared to 34 mln in Q3 2004. In Q3 2005, WCDMA handsets represented 12% of the total market compared to 7% in Q3 2004, in line with IDC’s forecast of WCDMA handset shipments in 2005 representing 13% of the total market.

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.

By 2010 46.5% of mobile subscribers will use 2G, 29.6% – 2.5G, 23.8% – 3G

The number of mobile subscribers worldwide was expected to rise 20% to 1.91 bln at the end of 2005 and cross the 2-bln-mark in 2006, driven by China and India, where mobile phones are only now reaching vast swathes of their 1 bln+ population. By 2010, Informa says, the Asia-Pacific region would contribute almost half of the mobile subscribers globally as subscribers rise to 1.3 bln from 843 mln 2005. Informa forecast 2.7 bln mobile subscribers worldwide by 2010. 46.5% of these subscribers will continue to be on 2G networks, followed by 29.6% on 2.5G networks and 23.8% on 3G networks.

Video over cell phones to attract 30 mln, generate $3 bln by 2009

IDC anticipates that by 2009, over 30 million US wireless subscribers will be consuming commercial video/TV content and services over their wireless devices. The market value will top $3 bln by 2009. Until mid-2006, mobile video and TV content is likely to be delivered solely over existing 2.5G and 3G carrier unicast cellular networks. However, broadcast/multicast networks from Crown Castle Mobile Media and MediaFLO USA should emerge in the latter half of next year, which will change the competitive dynamics in the marketplace. While wireless video/TV over cellular-enabled devices is showing promise with early signs of growth, IDC finds that network services must be designed to better streamline the activation and on-going use of video/TV content and live TV. A hybrid delivery model that supports live TV and video content as well as on-demand clips is likely to be the most effective long term approach.

13% of mobile phones sold in 2005 to be 3G

3G service launches and the subsequent increase in 3G handset development saw explosive year-on-year growth of almost 850% in Q4 2004, driving the proportion of WCDMA handsets to 6% in 2004 compared to 1% in 2003. IDC forecasts WCDMA handsets to increase to around 13% of total mobile phone shipments in 2005, particularly in light of service launches from T-Mobile and O2 in Q1 2005 and new 3G handsets such as Nokia 6680 and Sony Ericsson K600i.