Europe will continue to have more mobile phone users than anywhere else for at least the next five years, according to new data out this week.
The number of mobile phone subscribers in Western Europe is set to double from its current 89 million to 183 million by 2002, analysts at Ovum have forecasted, much higher than the forecasted levels for North America and Asia-Pacific.
Worldwide, connections will rise from 308 million at the end of 1998, to 498 million by the end of 2000 and 664 million by the end of 2002, Ovum estimates. Total cellular revenue is forecasted to reach $361 million by the end of 2002.
North America, which has been slow to embrace mobile phones, will see the number of connections increase from 78 million at the end of 1998, to 161 million by the end of 2002. Asia-Pacific will see a rise from 73 million to 128 million during the period.
Fastest growing mobile market will be Eastern Europe, rising 229 per cent to 23 million connections by 2002. Africa and Central Asia will also see dramatic growth during the period.
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