Worldwide Mobile Industry Handbook 2012-2016

Worldwide Mobile Industry Handbook 2012-2016

Your essential guide to understanding the size, scope and major players of the worldwide mobile industry: 4th Edition

Published 11th July 2012 – All new market size data and mobile subscriber forecasts

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Serving as your essential and highly valuable guide to the mobile and wireless industry, this data-packed Handbook will enable you to better understand the worldwide mobile market.


  • The number of mobile subscribers worldwide stood at almost 6 billion at end-2011. The subscriber base is forecast to increase at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent between 2011 and 2016, to reach nearly 8.5 billion by end-2016.
  • This growth will be led by markets in Asia Pacific and Africa. During the period 2011-2016, the subscriber base of Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9 percent; African markets will witness a CAGR of 9.4 percent during the same period.
  • The advanced markets of North America and Western Europe are approaching saturation, with most of the markets having close to or more than 100 percent mobile penetration.[1]
  • Mobile subscribers worldwide are gradually shifting to 3G and higher networks, and users in these segments are forecast to account for around 60 percent of total subscribers by end-2016, compared to 26 percent at end-2011.
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