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Issue #2003 - 12 (April 2003)
(Updated Apr. 9, 2003)

APPLICATION SOLUTIONS & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

GPRS Subscribers Grow By 47% in Q4 2002 - Still Only 6.5 million

New statistics released by EMC indicate that GPRS subscriptions continue to grow quarter on quarter although still accounting for less than 1% of the world's GSM subscriber base. The data shows an encouraging increase in the number of GPRS users with 47% growth in Q4 2002.

The current figures exclude MMS only users, so that the size of the true GPRS data market can be measured.

"Many operators launched GPRS simultaneously with MMS accounting for the big jump in GPRS network launches in Q3 2002", comments Michèle Scanlon, Research Director, EMC.

Source: EMC website

GPRS service is available on 147 networks in 58 countries with 6.4 million subscribers, showing a 9% growth in GPRS launches in Q4 vs 19% in Q3 2002.

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory:  Noise factor with GPRS hype is so high that even unsuspecting analysts like us can get the impression that GPRS penetration is higher than what it is. 

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