The number of users of GSM mobile technology in Latin America reached 192 million at the end of the third quarter, up 85% compared to the same time a year ago, GSM industry association 3G Americas said in a statement.
Based on a report by Informa Telecoms & Media, 3G Americas estimates there are 290 million mobile phones in Latin America, of which 66% use GSM technology, 21% CDMA and 11% TDMA.
The largest mobile penetration was in Chile (77%), followed by Argentina and Venezuela with 67% each and Brazil with 51%.
GSM penetration reached 60% in Brazil with a total of 97 million users, while in Mexico GSM penetration hit 76% from a total of 53 million users. In Colombia, 83% of the 31 million users adopt GSM with the number reaching 82% in Argentina from a total of 27 million mobile users. In Chile the ratio is 70% from a client base of 12.5 million.
At the end of September, Mexican mobile group América Móvil held the largest market share of mobile phones in Latin America with 36% followed by Spain's Telefónica Móviles, owned by Telefónica, with 28% and Brazil's TIM with 12%.
In other related news, tech consultancy Gartner expects the number of camera phones in use in Latin America to increase from 8.64 million in 2005 to 22.54 million in 2006 with the figure expected to reach 78.4 million by 2010.
According to Gartner, Latin America will record a 36.6% compound annual growth rate in camera phone sales between 2006-2010, the second fastest in the world after Asia that is expected to see growth of 38.7% over the same period.
Worldwide sales of camera phones will account for 48% of total mobile phone sales in 2006 growing to 81% by 2010.
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