Les Echos, France
FIVE BILLION SIM CARDS IN CIRCULATION WORLDWIDEFrench news daily, Les Echos picked up our pitch on 5 billion subscriptions: The Earth has more than 5 billion SIM cards in operation since late last week. This is what largest manufacturer of mobile phone networks in the world, Ericsson says. For the record, the Swedish group recalled that ten years ago, there were 720 million SIM cards were in circulation. "This is less than the number of mobile subscribers for the current Chinese market alone", says Ericsson. The growth of the mobile telephone is impressive.