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Mobile phones to outnumber people this year, says UN agency
聯合國:今年手機用戶數超過總人口

A pedestrian uses her mobile phone as she walks past a shop front in Hong Kong on Dec. 20 last year.
一名行人去年十二月二十日在行經香港一處商店前,講著手機。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

There will be more mobile subscriptions than people in the world by the end of this year, according to a UN agency report. The UN International Telecoms Union (ITU) predicts that subscriptions will pass seven billion early this year.

There are currently 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions and 7.1 billion people.

ITU World 2013 reported that more than a third of the global population are online.

The Commonwealth of Independent States, the alliance of countries formerly in the Soviet Union, has the highest mobile penetration with 1.7 subscriptions for every person. Africa has the least, with 63 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.

(Liberty Times)

根據聯合國機構的報告,今年年底前,手機用戶數將高於全球人口。國際電信聯盟預測,用戶人數會在今年初超過七十億。

目前全球有六十八億手機用戶與七十一億人口。

這份國際電信聯盟二0一三年世界電信展報告也發現,全球三分之一以上人口使用網路。

前蘇聯加盟國組成的聯盟「獨立國協」手機滲透率最高,每人是一點七個手機用戶。非洲最低,每一百名居民中有六十三人是用戶。

(自由時報/翻譯:自由時報國際新聞中心)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. outnumber v.

數量超過 (shu4 liang4 chao1 guo4)

例: In our office women outnumber men three to one.

(我們辦公室女生比男生多,比例是三比一。)

2. subscription n.

訂購 (ding4 gou4)

例: We bought our niece an annual subscription to the tennis club.

(我們為姪子繳了網球俱樂部的年費。)

3. penetration n.

穿透力;滲透 (chuan1 tou4 li4; shen4 tou4)

例: The company is trying to increase its market penetration.

(這家公司試圖提升市場穿透力。)


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