Central and Eastern European mobile services spending rose 13.5% in 2005

Even as markets approach saturation and prices continue to fall, spending on mobile services in Central and Eastern Europe expanded in 2004 and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. According to IDC, spending rose 13.5% in 2005 to $15.12 bln, and should rise by 9.5% in 2005. Subscriptions rose a substantial 15.7% across the region, bringing total penetration to 78%, with three more countries passing the 100% mark, bringing the total to four (Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, and Slovenia).