Although this website is dedicated to telecommunications regulation, it is worth noting that on 13 June 2006, the GSM Association announced that, this weekend, it will celebrate the fact that more than 2 billion people are using GSM mobile telephony services, in 213 countries and territories.
We posted the announcement of 1 billion GSM users on this website on 24 Feb 2004.
It took essentially 15 years to reach one billion, while the second billion was reached in 18 months.
According to the GSM Association, (3)GSM represents 82.4% of all global mobile connections. Commercial 3GSM is live on 105 networks in 50 countries and territories.