European 3G subscriber count reaches 100 million
Market research firm Informa Telecoms has released a report that says the number of 3G subscribers in Europe has reached and surpassed the 100 millionth mark.
The report says that out of the total 910.8 million mobile subscribers at the end of May, there were 101.5 million 3G subscriptions. Only devices that were actively used for either voice or data services (or both) were counted.
The firm also adds, “A slight slowdown in the growth in WCDMA handset sales in Western Europe in (the first quarter) was counteracted by an acceleration in sales of WCDMA/HSPA data cards and modems, which boosted the size of the total 3G market, particularly in Sweden and Austria.”
The report also shows percentages that reveal there is more 3G activity in Sweden, Norway and Italy, while Portugal, Austria and Spain follow suit. It is expected that the number of 3G subscribers will continue to grow with the addition of data services that take advantage of the high-speed technology.
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