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GSM body touches 2 bn users

GSM based mobile subscriber base has touched 2 bn making it the fastest tech growth ever witnessed in the world.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 17:24 IST

The GSM technology based mobile subscriber base has touched two billion this month making it the fastest growth of technology ever witnessed 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.

"India has played a vital role in this growth being one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world," Sunil Mittal CMD Bharti Airtel and a board member of GSM Association told reporters.

GSMA is a global body of GSM operators providing technology based mobile services.

China is the largest single GSM market in the world today with more than 370 million users.

Craig Ehrlich, GSMA Chairman said, "While it took 12 years for the industry to reach the first billion connection, the second billion has been achieved in just two and half years, boosted by the phenomenal growth of mobiles in emerging markets like China, India, Africa, Latin America, accounting 82 per cent of the second billion subscribers."