- 13 June 2017
Planet Earth has hit a notable technological milestone, with five billion people globally — or two-thirds of the world’s population — now laying claim to a mobile phone connection.
The announcement came from GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of the trade body that represents the interests of mobile networks around the world.
The GSMA displays a real-time tracker for total connections and unique subscribers globally and, as you can see below, there are now a fraction more than 5 billion individual mobile users around the world. GSMA calculates the figure using an “extensive database of mobile statistics and forecasts” that are updated each day.