3G user base tops 100m, says report

The number of 3G mobile users worldwide has reached more than 100 million as of June, a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics said.

The research firm said its ongoing 3G subscriber tracking showed that the users were connected via W-CDMA and cdma2000 1x EV-DO technology on their mobile phones.

The momentum for 3G was also increasing amid a strong operator push complementing a rich portfolio of handsets, the report also said.

Strategy Analytics predicted that 3G users would reach 106 million by the end of the second quarter.

"Reaching the 100-million subscriber mark is a significant milestone for 3G, proving that it is finally beginning to come into its own," Sara Harris, senior industry analyst for Strategy Analytics, said. "Much of this success is due to the strong pushes by influential carriers like NTT DoCoMo, Hutchison 3G and SK Telecom, and more recently Vodafone and Verizon Wireless."