Over the next two years, the U.S. will have more 3G subscribers than Japan, which has been the world leader since rolling out its first commercial high-speed network in 2001, according to TeleGeography (via GigaOm).
However, this is only possible because the Japan market is reaching near saturation and the U.S. has a larger population. This is also why the U.S. market won’t stay on top for long. Within three years, it will be surpassed by China and at around the same time, India will surpass Japan to rank No. 3. By 2013, the research firm expects Asia Pacific to be in the lead and have 40 percent of all 3G subscribers; Western Europe will be in second with 19 percent; and the U.S. and Canada will be tied with Latin America with 10 percent.