Mobile Phones in Colombia Up 3.7%

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Colombia flag

Mobile-telephone subscribers in Colombia rose to 42.34 million at the end of September, up 3.7% from 40.82 million at the end of June, 2009. The biggest slice of the market belongs to Comcel, the Colombian unit of Mexico-based America Movil SAB (AMX) with 29.53 million subscribers, up from 27.93 million at the end of June/09. Comcel now controls 69.7% of the Colombian market, up from 68.4% three months earlier.

The second operator by number of subscribers is Telefonica’s local unit, which represents 8.81 million subscribers at the end of September, down from 9.03 million subscribers at the end of June. The market share of Telefonica in Colombia is now 20.8%, down from 22.1% at the end of June.

Colombia Movil SA, the local unit of Millicom International Cellular SA (MICC), had 4 million subscribers, up from 3.86 million at the end of June. The country’s third-largest operator maintained its 9.5% share of the Colombian market.

There are about 45,644,023 people living in Colombia and the total number of mobile subscribers in Colombia at the end of September 2009 was 13% higher than at the end of September 2008. The number of Internet users in Colombia for June, 2009 was estimated at 19,792,718. Read more.

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The BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are very fast-growing developing economies. Since these four economies are developing rapidly, they draw much attention due to the potential market opportunities for the telecommunications industry. Based on size alone, their combined 2009 population is 2,843,472,701 persons, equivalent to 41.9% of the world population. Click to read more details about the BRIC countries.

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Brazil flag

Brazil is Latin America’s largest market, the world’s fifth-most populous country and the world’s tenth-largest economy in GDP terms. Current world recession will constrain real income growth in 2009. However, Brazil will become an increasingly attractive market when it resumes a path of more vigorous growth in 2010-13. Read more about Brazil.

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In Russia broadband now dominates Russia’s Internet market, as incumbent and alternative telecom operators deploy broadband infrastructure as part of a general trend of migrating beyond voice-centric offerings to voice, broadband and convergence services. The poor quality or lack of existing infrastructure has resulted in a variety of technology platforms used to offer broadband, including xDSL, cable and FttH/FttB. Wireless solutions such as WiFi and WiMAX have garnered much interest, with alternative operators rapidly deploying networks in a number of regional cities to build up subscriber numbers while fixed-line broadband subscriber levels are still low. Broadband diffusion is providing the basis on which a promising Internet society is emerging. Read more about Russia.