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November 06, 2009


katrin verclas

Tomi - can you note what your sources are for this data? Some of these numbers seem off a bit but need to see where are you getting them from. Thanks!


Tomi T Ahonen

Hi Katrin

What do you mean "seem a bit off"? which numbers to you don't seem to "smell right"? we have discussed these for example at Forum Oxford, and there is no major disputes there among the Forum. And they are mostly based on verified numbers from 2008, reflecting similar growth rates as the overall industry did (total subs grew 15% obviously, according to the ITU, so that number is not in doubt).

The only good new parts here are the shared phones such as in Africa, and the non-human users. Do these seem odd to you - should they be bigger or smaller?

And as to the source, come on Katrin, you know, I mention clearly in the blog, these are all official source TomiAhonen Consulting, as always, my stats from my consultancy. That is the source I ask you to reference if you mention the numbers. But except for some 2,000 dollar industry reports, this detail is currently not available by any source in the public domain, and will not be before long into 2010, when as usual, they will confirm my numbers (I hope, haha, as has happened each year since 2005 when we started this blog, but of course, past performance is no guarantee of future accuracy haha)

Thanks for writing

Tomi Ahonen :-)


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