TELECOMMUNICATIONS: MOBILE PHONES TO TAKE A THIRD OF ALL TELECOM SERVICES IN 2000.

The OMSYC predicts that income generated by mobile communications will reach USD270 billion by the turn of the century, the equivalent of having as many as 440 million subscribers (198 million today, or USD155 billion in earnings). The number of users is rising at an annual rate of 45% over the decade from 1990-2000, compared with just 6% for the main telephone lines. As much as 62% of the growth in telecommunications over the decade is attributed to the surge in mobile telephony, says the OMSYC in its study.Over the next three years, mobile phone operators say they will connect more than 240 million subscribers, which works out at a monthly increase of 6.7 million users on average. Out of a total of 440 million subscribers in 2000, the European Union alone will have 110.5 million subscribers, the Americas (Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil) 110 million and Asia 92 million. The rest of the world (South America, Africa, the Middle East, the countries of East Europe and the former USSR, South East Asia and Oceania) will together have some 127 million...

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