This chart indicates, how far back
India and China still are in the use of modern communication
technology. Only one in six Indians is a subscriber of mobile cell phone
service, and only about half of the cell phones are digital. China has
more then twice the cell phone density of India and 100% of its cell
phone services are digital - but compared to the US and Europe, cell
phone subscribers are still a minority.
Due to its extensive network of
copper-based landline phones, the United States of America has been
lagging behind Europe in cell phone services. Less than 80% of the
population has access to a mobile cell phone service; and only 90% of
these services are digital. In fact, digital cell phone service in the US is
quite poor as compared to most European countries. Services are
usually unreliable and often not available at all - as in many rural areas,
subways or trains.
Europe has, by far, better cell phone
services than any other major region of the world. With the exception of
France, almost everyone in Europe, on average, has access to cell phone services. In
many European countries subscribers substantially exceed 100% of the
indicating that people often have two (or even three) cell phone
subscriptions. It is not uncommon that people have a cell phone for their home, their car and at work.
Moreover, almost all cell phone services in Europe are digital and
geographical coverage is widespread. In Austria, for instance, one can
use digital cell phone services on alpine ski slopes, all subways of
Vienna and all trains.
Digital cell phone service with
reliable coverage across the country is a major factor in modern
telecommunication infrastructure. It greatly expands individual
flexibility and modern forms of mobile work; and it promotes the
creation of new services.