4.5 bln mobile users by 2013
By 2013, there will be over 140 mln U.S. consumers paying for mobile broadband, which will extend video, communication, networking, and support services to all sorts of devices. Parks Associates forecasts 4.5 bln mobile phone users worldwide by 2013, with many people using these devices as gateways for entertainment services, community information, and social networking. The increasing importance of the mobile phone will affect other product and service sectors. For example, over 100 mln femtocells will be shipped worldwide in 2013, cumulatively serving over 300 mln subscribers.