Telephone going unfixed

Two recent studies, one from Jupiter Research and one from IDC, both confirm what we all know: Broadband telephony is going to shake the telecoms industry. And that “the home telephone number will become unfixed”, says Ian Fogg, analyst for Jupiter.

And to make you certain of this trend, here’s a list of countries from London-based researcher Informa that shows mobile penetration in some countries could be over the symbolic level of 100%:

Turks & Caicos Islands: 161.8% Aruba: 150.8 Luxembourg: 140.7 Lithuania: 139.9 Cayman Islands: 136.4 Netherlands Antilles: 134.0 Grenada: 133.3 Israel: 125.9 Italy: 122.4 Cyprus: 121.5 Macau: 121.3 Bahrain: 117.8 Greece: 114.7 Czech Republic: 114.0 UAE: 113.9 Jersey: 113.6 Sweden: 112.5 Hong Kong: 110.8 UK: 110.1 Estonia: 108.6 Spain: 108.0 Austria: 107.3 Ireland: 107.0 Norway: 106.1 Antigua & Barbuda: 104.6 Iceland: 103.3 Finland: 103.1 Portugal: 101.3 Kuwait: 101.1 Singapore: 101.0

Note that a handful of developing countries made it to the list, while major continental European countries (France, Germany), North America (72%) and Japan aren’t.

Jun 16, 2006 | By Nuno

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