According to the latest data published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), there are over 6 billion cellphone subscribers in the world today. China and India has the largest share of mobile phone subscribers with each has around one billion subscribers. Developing countries such as Bahrain, Brazil, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia, have continued to show strong growth and catching up quickly with other nations in term of mobile phone usages.
Developing countries also experienced strong growth in mobile-broadband services, as those nations have outperformed other developed nations. In general, the world’s average growth rate was at 40 percent while the average growth rate in developing countries was 78 percent. Global mobile-broadband subscriptions had doubled, while fixed-broadband subscriptions remained at constant.
In term of price of services, the price of telecommunication and Internet services plunged 30% globally between 2008 and 2011. The biggest drop occurred in fixed-broadband Internet services, as the price of this type of service has dropped by 75% around the world.
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