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Global mobile statistics 2011

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According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the total number of mobile subscribers in China reached 889 million at the end of March, up 30 million, or a modest 3.5%, from the previous quarter. China's wireless subscribers, meanwhile, surpassed the total US population four years ago.

But India the fastest growing mobile market with 791 million users in late February -- a 15% boost over the 687 million reported just five months earlier. The number of mobile phone subscribers in India rose to 811.59 million in March 2011 with the addition of 20.21 million connections, official data shows. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, the wireless user base grew 2.55%, from 791.38 million in February.

India has the lowest smartphone penetration at 10% (compared to Russia’s 25% and the highest in Spain’s 38%).

Prepaid services are still common across the developing world like China, Brazil etc. While it’s the exact opposite in UK, US, Germany where more people use postpaid services.

In terms of data usage like mobile Internet, apps etc. China leads the world with more than 85% using these services.

TOP-10: Global mobile subscribers

Rank Country or region Number of cellular subscribers
1 China 875,630,000
2 India 811,589,101
3 United States 302,859,674
4 Russia 220,730,000
5 Brazil 210,500,000
6 Indonesia 178,435,000
7 Japan 118,230,000
8 Germany 107,102,000
9 Pakistan 102,777,387
10 Nigeria 90,583,306

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