40% new mobile connections from India and China

Sep 02 2012, 10:44 IST
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India and China added around 20 million and 40 million subscriptions respectively of the estimated 140 million net additions during Q2 2012.   (Reuters) India and China added around 20 million and 40 million subscriptions respectively of the estimated 140 million net additions during Q2 2012. (Reuters)
SummaryIndia, China account for 40 pc of new mobile connections in Q2

India and China accounted for around 40 per cent of the estimated 140 million net additions in mobile subscriptions across the world during the April-June quarter this year, a report by Ericsson has said.

"India and China added around 20 million and 40 million subscriptions respectively of the estimated 140 million net additions during Q2 2012," Ericsson said.

The mobile penetration in India has also reached 75 per cent as on August 2012, while the overall penetration stood at 89 per cent.

Globally, the total mobile subscriptions reached 6.3 billion. However, the actual number of subscribers is around 4.3 billion, since many have several subscriptions. Mobile subscriptions have grown around 11 per cent on year-on-year basis.

The report said there is continued strong momentum for smartphone uptake in all regions.

"Approximately 40 per cent of all mobile phones sold in Q2 were smartphones, compared to around 30 per cent for the full year 2011," it added.

The report said as only around 15 per cent of the worldwide installed base of subscriptions are for smartphones, there is considerable room for further uptake.

Mobile broadband subscriptions have grown around 60 per cent year-on-year and have reached above 1.2 billion, the report said.

Mobile data traffic doubled between Q2 2011 and Q2 2012, while the voice traffic continues to grow at a steady rate, mainly driven by new subscriptions in Asia Pacific and Middle East and Africa.

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