Issue #2003 - 12
APPLICATION SOLUTIONS &
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
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