'Over 4bn mobiles now connected'

12 February 2009 — 5:00 PM

The number of mobile phones that have been connected across the world has now topped four billion, it has been revealed.

According to a new study put together by Wireless Intelligence, this milestone was reached recently and could top six billion by the year 2013.

Published by GSM Association (GSMA) ahead of its annual Mobile World Congress event, the report suggested the number of people hooking up the latest phones would continue into the foreseeable future.

Commenting on the news, GSMA's chief marketing officer Michael O'Hara said moves were being made to ensure the success of the sector would be built upon.

"Industry initiatives in the areas of mobile broadband, mobile lifestyle and mobile planet will help drive this innovation and growth despite the challenges of the global economic downturn."

The GSMA Mobile World Congress takes place in Barcelona between February 16th and 19th, with guest appearances from Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am and actor Kevin Spacey.

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