From the ITU SPU Newsblog:

By the start of 2007, some 79 economies around the world had launched commercial services for “mobile broadband”, or cellular mobile services offering speeds of 256 kbit/s or more, with 18 of these economies launching during 2006. Popularly referred to as third-generation (3G) mobile, there are now more 100 million users worldwide that are able to use their mobile phones at broadband speeds. Across the world, there are two main technologies in operation: CDMA 1x EV-DO (which is used in 30 economies, mainly in the Americas and Europe) and W-CDMA (which is used in almost 50 economies, and is particularly popular in Europe). Around half of the economies using W-CDMA have now also launched High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) which offers much faster speeds, up to 14.4 Mbit/s.

The new figures were announced by ITU iand UNCTAD n the second edition of the annual “World Information Society Report”, which was launched on May 16 2007. The full text of the report is available online at The report tracks progress in narrowing the digital divide and implementing the commitments made at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).




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