By the end of 2009, two out of every three inhabitants on planet Earth (4.6 billion) had a mobile phone subscription, according to UN Report released today.

The report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said it expects the number of mobile phone subscriptions to surpass 5 billion by the end of 2010, up from about 1 billion subscriptions in 2002.

The ITU reported that by the end of last year mobile phone penetration in developing countries reached an estimate 57% more than twice its 2005 level of 23%. Penetration in developed countries now stands at 113% - more than one subscription per person - with more than 70 economies surpassing the 100% mark.

The report entitled Measuring the Information Society 2010 also reported on penetration of landline phones, broadband internet and other telecommunications service in 159 countries world.

The report found that an estimated 26% per cent of the world’s population (or 1.7 billion people) were using the Internet, 17.8% had access to a landline phone and 9.5% had a mobile broadband subscription.

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