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Mobile subscriptions Q3 2019

The total number of mobile subscriptions was around 8 billion in Q3 2019, with 61 million subscriptions added during the quarter.

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Key findings

  • 61 million new subscriptions were added in Q3 2019.
  • The number of mobile subscriptions worldwide now totals around 8 billion, including 6.2 billion mobile broadband subscriptions.
  • 52 percent of all mobile subscriptions are now for LTE.
Total and net additions for mobile subscriptions Q3 2019 (million)

The number of mobile subscriptions grew at 3 percent year-on-year and currently totals around 8 billion. High subscription growth continues from previous quarters in China, which had the most net additions during the quarter (+14 million), followed by Indonesia (+9 million) and the Philippines (+8 million).

The number of mobile broadband subscriptions[1] grew 10 percent year-on-year, increasing by 120 million in Q3 2019. The total is now 6.2 billion or 77 percent of mobile subscriptions. The number of 4G (LTE) subscriptions increased by 190 million during the quarter to reach a total of 4.2 billion, or 52 percent of all mobile subscriptions. 3G (WCDMA/HSPA) subscriptions declined by 50 million and 2G (GSM/EDGE-only) subscriptions declined by 70 million. Other technologies[2] declined by around 10 million.

Subscriptions associated with smartphones account for more than 70 percent of all mobile phone subscriptions. Mobile subscriptions exceed the population in many countries, which is largely due to inactive subscriptions, multiple device ownership and use of different subscriptions for different types of calls. As a result, the number of mobile subscribers is lower than the number of mobile subscriptions. Today, there are around 5.9 billion subscribers globally compared to 8 billion subscriptions. Global mobile subscription penetration is at 104 percent.

Mobile subscriptions Q3 2019
Figure 1: Subscription penetration Q3 2019 (percent of population)
There are now 6.2 billion mobile broadband subscriptions.
During the quarter, 61 million subscriptions were added.
A total of 52 percent of all mobile subscriptions are now for LTE.

[1 ] - Mobile broadband includes radio access technologies HSPA (3G), LTE (4G), 5G, CDMA2000 EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and Mobile WiMAX

[2] - Mainly CDMA2000 EV-DO, TD-SCDMA and Mobile WiMAX

* India region includes India, Nepal and Bhutan

** Excluding China and India