Mobile‐cellular subscriptions reached almost 6 billion by end 2013, corresponding to a global penetration of 86%.
Growth is mainly in the developing countries, which accounted for more than 80% of the 660 million new mobile‐cellular subscriptions added in 2011.
By end 2011 there were 105 countries with more mobile‐cellular subscriptions than inhabitants.
After 30 years of roll out, GSM coverage is ubiquitous globally (penetration of 86%). The focus is now on upgrading to – and adding new - ‘smart phone’ networks that are based on 3G and 4G technologies.
The cost of good quality 3G and 4G network coverage and capacity, increases significantly for urban – sub-urban – rural and remote – areas. Particularly as it relates to annual opex cost.
In many areas, low population densities, low arpu levels, high site rental costs, planning permission difficulties, backhauling limitations, and intermittent electricity supplies are all realities. These understandably act against the economic viability of investing in traditional ‘fixed sites’ networks coverage.
Benefits and values of our Mobile Cellular Solutions and Services include:
See our- Mobile Cellular section.