Modest mobile growth in emerging markets

The worst effects of the global recession may be over for mobile communications in emerging markets. Second quarter results from major operators in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe show modest growth in subscriptions and usage, according to a recent report from Strategy Analytics.

After three successive flat or declining quarters, average minutes of use for a basket of 26 key operators climbed a respectable 5 per cent in Q2 2009, a rate not seen since the same period in 2008. Total subscriptions rose 4 per cent, continuing a recovering trend begun in the first quarter of the year. Article