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There are now 5 billion mobile subscribers in the world

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Out of the 7.5 billion people in the world, two thirds, or 5 billion, now subscribe to a mobile service.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/Alvin Baez
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There were 1 billion mobile users in 2003. Since then, carriers added another billion subscribers every three or four years.

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Number of people connected to a mobile service

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Carriers will probably change focus to poor and rural areas as they approach full coverage in rich and more urbanized regions.

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Carriers can also find opportunities in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, where less than 70% of the population subscribe to a mobile service.

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Share of the population connected to a mobile service

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