With James and Mark back from Barcelona, this week's edition of The Fonecast returns to its usual format. There's a review of the week's major mobile industry news, there's a discussion about this year's Mobile World Congress and there's an interview with Rolf Schmitz about Dolby's new mobile phone offering.
Iain, James and Mark are all back in the UK for a Mobile World Congress retrospective, a look at the week's mobile industry headlines and an interview with Rolf Schmitz from Dolby Mobile.
The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union has released a new report - Measuring the Information Society – that looks at information and communication technology usage across 159 countries. It says the global number of mobile cellular subscriptions is likely to exceed five billion this year, while the price of telecommunication services is falling.
The UK is the tenth most advanced ICT economy, according to the report, with Sweden in first place.
In the 'developing' world, average mobile penetration passed 50% in 2009. Average penetration in 'developed' countries now averages 113%, with more than 70 countries having over 100% mobile penetration.