No wonder WPP mobile shop Joule just opened for business in China. The country will register its one billionth mobile subscriber on March 3rd, according to mobile consulting firm Chetan Sharma. India, meanwhile, isn’t far behind, having hit 900 million mobile customers earlier this month.
All of the top six global wireless operators by subscriptions are from China and India. Together, they account for 27% of the global mobile subscriptions and 12% of the global service revenues. Last year, India added 141 million subscriptions while China added 133 million. Makes the roughly 300 million mobile users in the U.S. seem insignificant.