GSM Facts

North American customers: More than 6 Million
Worldwide customers: 290 Million
GSM Alliance Companies with more than 400,000 customers:  
GSM Network Operators Worlwide: 350
GSM Association: 420 members,
144 countries
N.A. GSM companies: 30
U.S. States and Canadian Provinces with commercial service:  
North American Cities with commercial GSM service: 4,600
Employees: 14,000
Total U.S. POPS: 260 Million
Covered POPS in active markets to date: 180 Million
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GSM Alliance Website:

    North America
  • Adding customers at a rate of 6 per minute in North America
  • More than 3 million customers added in the past 12 months.
  • By the end of 1999, the total of GSM customers in North America is more than 6 million.
  • GSM coverage in 47 U.S. states and 5 Canadian Provinces reaches more than half of the Canadian population and two-thirds of the United States population.
  • Seven of the top ten PCS carriers in the United States provide GSM service.
  • Commercial GSM service is available in 8 of the top 10 markets, 20 of the top 25 markets.
  • GSM carriers have created more than 14,000 new jobs in the U.S. & Canada with an estimated 30,000 new workers involved in service, manufacturing and associated jobs.


  • One of every 25 people in the world owns a GSM phone.
  • By the year 2003, one Billion GSM customers worldwide predicted.
  • GSM is in more countries than McDonalds: 144 countries.
  • Eight million new GSM customers around the world are added every month - that's three new subscribers every second!
  • GSM customers now equal more than half of the entire world's wireless market and almost two-thirds of the world's total digital wireless market.