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    3G/UMTS Customer Numbers Hit 10 Million Milestone


    Industry association, The UMTS Forum, has confirmed that worldwide 3G/UMTS customer numbers have reached 10 million.

    Speaking at the AMTA Congress in Sydney, UMTS Forum Chairman Jean-Pierre Bienaimé indicated that the milestone was reached this month as growth for 3G/UMTS networks and services continues to grow.

    “With 10 million people already using 3G/UMTS networks and devices to access a wide range of services, it’s clear that all the factors required to drive mass market take-up are now falling into place. By the end of this year we can expect to see as many as 70 networks operating commercially, and this will mean a further acceleration in adoption rates globally.”

    While addressing the congress, Bienaimé also highlighted Australia’s diversified and up-to-date mobile telecommunications market.

    “Outside Europe, Australia had one of the first GSM markets in the world, but now it is one of the few markets that has chosen to adopt both CDMA and GSM/UMTS standards. 

    “This adoption coupled with Australia’s geographical position in the Pacific Rim should see Australia benefit immensely from the information and experiences that have been collated in the rollout of 3G/UMTS in Europe and Asia,” he said.

    Growth in demand for 3G/UMTS networks and services has strengthened recently with the availability of more terminal devices and a continued increase in the number of networks launched commercially.

    Bienaimé said there’s been an upturn in 3G/UMTS subscriber numbers since the early months of this year which coincides with a surge in network launch announcements during Q1 and Q2, plus a wider choice of attractively priced handsets from Asian, European and US manufacturers that compete head-to-head with the best available 2G models.