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April 19, 2011

Mobile Phone subscriptions at 5.3 billion, annual camera phone sales at 1 billion and mobile broadband at one billion

1. According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, worldwide camera phone sales will exceed 1 billion units for the first time in 2011. The fastest growing segment will be the high-tier camera phone market with sensors of eight megapixels and above.

Worldwide camera phone sales are projected to grow 21 percent from 918 million units in 2010 to 1114 million units in 2011. This year will be the first time annual volumes of camera phones have exceeded the 1-billion mark. Some 4.2 billion camera phones have been sold cumulatively worldwide since 2000



2. The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU's) latest 11th edition of the ICT regulatory report "Trends in Telecommunication Reform Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2010-2011', released on 31 March 2011, provides some updated figures. (34 page summary)

The ITU says there are now 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions across the world, including 940 million subscriptions to mobile broadband services, a figure which is tipped to reach one billion before the end of this year.

The ITU rReport says access to mobile networks is now available to 90 per cent of the world's population overall. Of people living in rural areas, 80 per cent now have mobile cellular coverage.

Two billion videos are watched every day on YouTube, while five billion photos are now hosted on Flickr.

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