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GSMA Claims 4 Billionth Mobile Phone Connection

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The GSM Association today announced that the mobile world has celebrated its four billionth connection, according to Wireless Intelligence, the GSMA's market intelligence unit. They expect to reach a staggering six billion connections by 2013.

"As we enter 2009, the world is in the midst of a broad economic slowdown, one that is impacting every facet of business, every link in the communications value chain. To address the significant challenges facing the global economy, the GSMA and its membership are focused on leveraging mobility to create new opportunities and to drive productivity and prosperity," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer of the GSMA. "GSMA industry initiatives in the areas of Mobile Broadband, Mobile Lifestyle and Mobile Planet will help drive this innovation and growth despite the challenges of the global economic downturn."

The GSMA's Mobile Broadband initiatives focus on the development of a ubiquitous Mobile Broadband infrastructure and the proliferation of Internet-connected mobile devices. With the world's mobile connections now numbering four billion -- nearly 100 million of which are Mobile Broadband -- and with 1.1 billion fixed broadband lines reaching only one sixth of the world's population, the opportunities are vast.

The GSMA's Mobile Planet initiatives leverage mobility to help improve the lives of individuals across the developing world in a socially responsible manner. With countries like India adding 10 million new mobile connections per month, and many users accessing the Internet, email and banking exclusively via mobile devices, the developing world is central to mobile industry growth.

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