GSMA, a global body of GSM operators has launched world’s most economical mobile phone handset for less than Rs. 1,350 or $30 and announced their ambition to connect half of the entire world population with mobile phone by the year 2010.
GSM operators Association (GSMA) also said in an official release that this weekend, the mobile phone industry will connect the 2nd billionth GSM mobile phone user in the world.
GSM-based mobile services have also seen phenomenal growth in India, where out of the 100 million mobile subscriber base, the GSM based mobile user base is 80 million. China is the largest single GSM market in the world today with more than 370 million users and the USA has 78 million users.
GSM mobile technology began in Finland in 1991. Today, more than 680 mobile networks provide GSM services across 213 countries and GSM represents 82.4% of all global mobile connections.
“With the achievement of the 2nd billion milestone, GSM has become the first communications technology to have more users in the developing world than the developed world. While it took just 12 years for the industry to reach the 1st billion connections. The 2nd billion has been achieved in just two-and-a-half years boosted by the phenomenal take up of mobiles in emerging markets like China, India, Africa and Latin America, which accounted for 82% of the 2nd billion subscribers,” Craig Ehrlich, chairman of GSMA, said.
“With the achievement of the 2nd billion milestone, GSM has become the first communications technology to have more users in the developing world than the developed world. What this means is that mobile phones are ‘bridging the digital divide’ at an astonishing rate with relevant, affordable solutions that help families stay in touch, businesses to grow and economies to develop,” Rob Conway, CEO of GSMA, said.
The Global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA) in its board meeting said that their main objective is to connect 50 percent of world population by 2010 by bringing mobile services to the 1.5 billion people who cannot afford a phone.
The meeting, which took place in India for the first time, coincided with the celebrations to mark two billion GSM phone users globally and the affordable handsets have been developed in collaboration with Motorola and other manufacturers.
Last week, India became the fifth country to have a base of 100 million mobile phone subscribers with only China, US, Japan and Russia other larger mobile phone subscriber base countries.