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India and China Leads Mobile Phone Growth

Fueled by rapid growth in China, India, and Africa, worldwide mobile phone service subscriptions continued to expand rapidly in 2007, according to the latest market study by In-Stat.

Due to some areas approaching saturation and a relatively slow world economy, subscription growth in 2008 is expected to be much less, the high-tech market research firm says.

"India and China subscription numbers are growing at a fast clip, as more of the population gets their first cell phone, and often their first phone of any kind," says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst.

Most of these phones are low-end GSM phones, but even some of these phones are starting to incorporate more high-end features.

The In-Stat research covers the worldwide market for mobile phone communication subscriptions. It contains cellular subscription numbers by region and technology for 2006 and 2007, and forecasts through 2012.

In-Stat's market study found the following:

- The number of worldwide cellular subscriptions in 2007 grew by 667.6 million over 2006.

- 2008 subscription growth is forecast to be only 382.5 million more than 2007's growth.

- By 2012, yearly growth in subscribers is expected to decrease to only 163 million per year, roughly twice the population increase projected in that year.

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