October 17, 2006

Up to 90 percent of globe to have mobile coverage

Up to 90 percent of the world's six billion people will have mobile telephone coverage by 2010 an industry study has said, reports the AFP.

"... Mobile networks now cover 80 percent of the world's population, double the level in 2000," said the study.

Mobile phone coverage could reach nearly 100 percent in four years' time if governments used a pool of funds collected from telecom operators to extend mobile coverage to rural areas instead of using the money on fixed telephone line services, which are more expensive, said the report commissioned by the GSM Association."

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