According to Statista, who provided the chart above using Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report, we can see that the number of mobile subscriptions is now bigger than the number of people in the world.
Don’t be so shocked. It’s a no brainer. Many mobile subscribers have more than one SIM card, or may have one that they discarded but still remains registered in the mobile ecosystem.
Ericsson puts the number of actual subscribers at 4.9 billion of the global population meaning about, meaning over 2.4 billion people are still disconnected.
In their Mobility Report, Ericsson estimates that this number of mobile subscriptions which was 7.3 billion in September will grow to 7.4 billion by December 2015.
The world’s population will increase to 7.35 billion by the end of 2015 according to the United Nations’ predictions.
With the introduction of low budget phones in especially rural areas we expect to see a rise in subscriptions as more people get access to mobile networks.