New US study shows that cell use to double by 2006
According to a study by the Yankee Group, US wireless subscribers are expected to double their wireless minutes usage from 356 in 2001 to 641 by the 2006.
According to wireless analyst Keith Mallinson, there is very strong demand for wireless services, with subscribers expected to increase to 200 million by 2006 as 70% of Americans come to own cell phones. As of now, only 30% of Americans own wireless phones.
Mallinson said also he thinks the wireless industry must undergo a consolidation of at least two major players, before adequate financial returns can be archived. He believed VoiceStream Wireless, the nation's sixth-largest wireless operator and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG, would be the first company to be consolidated.
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