5 billion mobile phone users in 2017: GSMA

BARCELONA: The number of mobile phone users globally will surpass 5 billion by June, according to a study released by Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA).
With populations in Asia, and notably India, on the rise, the number, which stood at 4.8 billion a year ago, should mushroom to 5.7 billion, or three quarters of the world’s population, by 2020.
Asia will account for around half total growth, according to GSMA’s “Mobile Economy” report with India alone adding some 310 million new subscribers in the coming three years.

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