Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Global PHS subscribers top 100 million
Today the PHS MoU Group announced that the global number of PHS subscribers has exceeded 100 million.
PHS (Personal Handy-phone System) is a 2G standard developed by NTT DoCoMo in 1989, but its uptake is mostly limited to a few countries in Asia.
In Japan, PHS subscriber numbers were in rapid decline, but PHS operator Willcom managed to reverse this trend in 2005 with flat-rate data and voice packages and Japan's first Windows Mobile smartfone which proved popular with business users.
Currently, Chinese PHS subscribers make up 90% of the global total and telecoms companies use the standard to set up low-cost wireless local loop systems.
PHS subscribers per country: