– The number of mobile phone subscriptions is set to pass 5 billion in 2010,
representing a penetration rate of 67% across all countries, according to a
report from the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations

While the penetration rate actually averages more than 100% in
developed countries, the penetration rate in developing nations has more than
doubled from 23% in 2005, to 57% today.

"Demand for mobile telephony is fairly
resilient with consumers willing to spend their disposable income on mobile
services even at times of financial constraints," statistician Esperanza
Magpantay told a news conference, according to Reuters coverage.

The study also
examined broadband penetration, finding 23% penetration in developed countries, while some developing countries saw penetration rates as low as 3.5%.


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