Report: PH added 5 million mobile subscribers in Q3

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[/caption] The research showed that online video is the biggest contributor to mobile traffic volumes, constituting 25 percent of total smartphone traffic and 40 percent of total tablet traffic. Total mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 6.6 billion by the end of 2012 and 9.3 billion by the end of 2018. These figures do not include machine-to-machine (M2M) subscriptions. China alone accounted for about 35 percent of net additions during Q3, with about 40 million additional subscriptions. Brazil (9 million), Indonesia (7 million), and the Philippines (5 million) followed in terms of net additions. Overall, global mobile penetration reached 91 percent in Q3 2012, and mobile subscriptions now total around 6.4 billion. Mobile subscriptions have grown by around 9 percent year-on-year and 2 percent quarter-on-quarter. [caption id="attachment_6665" align="aligncenter" width="447" caption="Mobile Subscriptions by technology, 2009-2018"][/caption] By mid-2012, LTE coverage was provided for an estimated 455 million people globally. Within five years, more than half the world?s population is expected to benefit from to LTE coverage. LTE is the fastest-developing system in the history of mobile communications in terms of build-out and uptake, the report noted. LTE is currently being deployed and built out in all regions, and total subscriptions will increase from around 55 million at the end of 2012 to an estimated 1.6 billion in 2018. WCDMA/HSPA networks currently provide coverage to more than half the world?s population and continue to grow faster than LTE in terms of absolute numbers, adding 65 million subscriptions in Q3 2012 compared with 13 million for LTE. ]]>

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