And GSM Shall Rule Them All

GSM-based technologies account for a whopping 81 percent of the world’s 4 billion mobile subscriptions, according to numbers released today by Wireless Intelligence. Coming in as the runner-up is Qualcomm’s (s QCOM) CDMA, with 10 percent of the world’s subscribers, 100 million of whom are in North America.

The research firm, which is owned by the GSM Association, also predicts that by 2010 there will be 5 billion mobile phone subscribers, connecting the world far more easily than efforts to give each child or person a PC. The world added the last 1 billion subscribers between the third quarter of 2007 and the end of 2008, making mobile phone subscription growth a bright spot in dark times.