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Mobile subscriptions outnumber people in the world

According to Ericsson’s most recent Mobility Report, the number of mobile subscriptions now outnumbers the world’s population.

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According to Ericsson’s most recent Mobility Report, the number of mobile subscriptions now outnumbers the world’s population.

According to Ericsson’s mobility report, the number of mobile subscriptions stood at 7.3 billion at the end of September and will grow to 7.4 billion by the end of the year.

Meanwhile, the world’s population will climb to 7.35 billion by the end of 2015, according to the United Nations.

The fact that many people have multiple active or inactive subscriptions more than makes up for the many people still living without a mobile phone.

The number of mobile subscriptions stood at 7.3 billion at the end of September and will grow to 7.4 billion by the end of the year.

The number of mobile subscriptions stood at 7.3 billion at the end of September and will grow to 7.4 billion by the end of the year.

Ericsson puts the number of actual subscribers at 4.9 billion, leaving 2.4 billion people disconnected.

Global mobile subscriptions are growing around 5 percent year-on-year.

India grew the most in terms of net additions during the quarter (+13 million), followed by China (+7 million), the US (+6 million), Myanmar (+5 million), and Nigeria (+4 million).

Smartphones accounted for close to 75 percent of all mobile phones sold in Q3 2015, compared to around 70 percent during Q3 2014.

Today around 45 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions are associated with smartphones

compared with around 40 percent in 2014, leaving considerable room for further uptake.

The number of mobile broadband subscriptions is growing globally by around 25 percent year-on-year, increasing by approximately 160 million in Q3 2015 alone.

The number of mobile subscriptions exceeds the population in many countries.

This is largely due to inactive subscriptions and multiple device ownership, e.g. for business and private use, or to optimize pricing by using different operators for different calls (this is common for example in parts of Africa).

In developed markets, users add devices such as tablets.

This means that the number of subscribers is lower than the number of subscriptions – the current figures are around 4.9 billion subscribers versus 7.3 billion subscriptions.

By 2016 the number of smartphone subscriptions will surpass those for basic phones

Smartphones make up the majority of mobile broadband devices today and subscriptions are expected to almost double by 2021. This is due to greater affordability in developing markets such as Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.

85 percent of all subscriptions will be for mobile broadband by the end of 2021 Mobile broadband subscriptions will reach 7.7 billion globally by 2021.

They account for an overwhelming share of all broadband subscriptions. Mobile broadband will complement fixed broadband in some segments, and will be the dominant mode of access in others.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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