According to IDATE, worldwide 3G subscribers totalled 242 million at the end of 2007, while nearly half of them (47.6 percent) were from Asia. Another 29.8 percent came from Europe, while 17.8 percent were from North America. Only 4.9 percent came from rest of the world, SFN's World Digital Media Trends 2009 reported.
In 2005, there were about two billion 2.5G and below subscriptions, while 3G and above subscriptions were only niche, according to iSuppli. 3G and above penetration then was less than 5 percent.
In 2010, however, the numbers of 3G and above subscriptions are expected to reach about one billion, while 2.5G and below subscriptions total about three billion. 3G and above penetration will rise to nearly 25 percent, according to the firms' forecast, according to the report, World Digital Media Trends 2009, released by SFN and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.