UN agency predicts mobile numbers will outnumber global population by next year
London: A United Nations agency has said there will be more mobile subscriptions than people in the world by the end of next year.
The International Telecoms Union (ITU) predicted that subscriptions would pass seven billion early in 2014. There are currently 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions and 7.1 billion people.
According to the BBC, the ITU World in 2013 report also found that the Commonwealth of Independent States, the alliance of countries formerly in the Soviet Union, has the highest mobile penetration with 1.7 subscriptions for every person.
The report added that Africa has the least, with 63 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. But in some countries, such as India, mobile growth is slowing.
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