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Our Worldwide Network Subscribers Index is Now Available

Behind the scenes at DialToSave we’ve been working on a Worldwide Network Subscribers interactive for the past 2 months, and it is finally live!

You may have seen the link to it from our homepage but just to explain a bit about it – it’s unlike any other list of mobile phone subscribers you’ve seen anywhere. Our list includes data detailing the exact number of subscribers from over 600 networks in the world. We’ve also sourced the names of the primary holding companies behind them and the countries they originate from. With this we’ve been able to show you exactly how much of the world subscribes to a network from each particular country.

As you’ll notice when looking through the interactive, the UK is the number one country in terms of international subscribers, who account for 94% of the UK’s subscribers in total. China by contrast have the largest number of subscribers in the world but 98% are based locally.

You’ll also see that the map starts to mirror colonial rule, with the UK having large network affinities in India, Australia and large parts of Africa. Spain also has a large affinity within the South-American countries, all visible through the number of subscribers they have there.

We really hope you enjoy the data and we’re always interested to hear what people think and what they find, so please do share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook.

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China To Relax Foreign Investment Restrictions in Telecoms

Now regarded as the biggest telecoms market in the world, China is relaxing restrictions for foreign investors to enter their telecoms industry. This will almost certainly be music to the ears of companies who are itching to get in on the money generated by the 1.2 billion mobile subscribers the country currently has.

The head of the telecom department at MIIT, Wen Ku announced on Tuesday that there will be 5 areas with absolutely no restrictions limiting the amount of ownership foreign companies can control, with 2 being limited to 55%. Services with no cap include apps stores, store and forward, domestic multi-party communication, call centres and home internet access. Companies hoping to operate in these areas will have to set up an office in the Shanghai Trade Free Zone but the services they offer can be spread throughout the whole country. The service areas that have restricted foreign ownership are online data and dealing analysis services.

It certainly appears as a further step towards liberalisation, as China open their doors and start to comply with the WTO. Hopefully the trend continues and this massive market can start to share more information and resources with other countries and vise-versa.

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4G Licenses Rumoured To Be Coming To Chinese Networks

Rumours have been circulating over the past few days that the Chinese authorities will allow their major networks to start using the 4G spectrum for customers. These rumours have gathered prominence after it was revealed by a company insider that China Mobile’s departments for 4G have been “unusually busy” lately. Liu Dalong, director of the mobile internet research centre in Beijing also told the Global Times that China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicorn are all doing a large amount of preparation at the moment, hinting towards the networks being informed that the 4G licenses are looming.

The investment that 4G will bring into an already booming telecoms nation is unprecedented. Industry analyst Xiang Lagang estimates the initial launch to generate $82 billion, largely caused by the rush of consumers to adopt 4G price plans and upgrade their existing handsets to be 4G compatible. Over the next few years this level of investment is predicted to surpass $164 billion, which is entirely possible for a country with over 700 million subscribers on one network, making it the largest network in the world.

China Mobile are already trying to get an advantage on their competitors by allowing a set number of people in 8 of the countries most popular cities to try the service for free. This is in an attempt to persuade customers that 4G really is worth it, as Liu Dalong suggest customers won’t immediately stray from 3G services, with many believing it already serves their needs. However, an affluent middle class with likely be quickly swayed by streaming movies and data hungry games whilst on the move.

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Ethio Telecom expanding with $800m ZTE deal

Mobile subscription rates have been growing for over a decade worldwide. There are now huge opportunities in developing countries like Ethiopia where mobile phones are now becoming more affordable than ever before. This has become the driving force between Ethiopia’s largest network and the Chinese phone manufacturing company ZTE signing an $800m deal.

The deal will see Ethio Telecom expand their current subscriptions rates to a projected 50 million, aiming to also include 4G services in certain areas, with 3G being available nationwide. This will see them double their current subscribers and vastly improve the access to mobile internet in the country, where only 1% can currently do so.

The head of Ethio Telecom Andualem Admassie said “The expansion is vital to attain Ethio Telecom’s objective of increasing telecom service access and coverage across the nation, as well as to upgrade existing network to new technology”.

The $800m deal is only half of the current project in the country. Half is made up in partnership with ZTE and the other half in competing Chinese company Huawei.


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China set to become leading M2M provider

Based on the findings of Pyramid Research, they believe that China is set to become the number 1 powerhouse in M2M technology, with a number of their leading telecoms businesses at the forefront of the charge.

M2M (machine to machine) allows wireless networks to communicate with a number of devices at once. It is fundamentally the building blocks of the “future home” where mobile phones are able to communicate with the fridge or oven all over the same network. Cellular companies such as China Mobile and China Unicom are currently in the strongest positions of all networks in China to take advantage of the growing demand for this technology in this continually developing economy. With this sustained growth, China are set to become the number 1 provider of M2M tech, with an estimated 128 millions devices being used by 2017. At the time, that will account for 8.5% of all cellular usage worldwide.

M2M is a big deal the world over, so this report is significant. It is thought that M2M is set to become one of the fastest growing industries in the US over the next year, signifying the need for it in developed economies. Over the next 4 years alone, it is believed that M2M will grow at a rate of 57.2%, becoming huge part of the overall economy and matching the growth of Cloud networks – popularised by Apple.

Just how the technology will change lives is yet to be seen, but we can certainly expect there to be a battle by network providers to provide the technology at the most affordable prices.