Twenty-one billion dollars spent on cell phones over ten years
Dec 24, 2011 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Dec 24, 2011 12:00 am
Out of every 100 dollars spent on imports, 1.7 went to cellular phones. Over the past ten years, Turkey has spent 21 billion dollars on cellular phones.
Turkey has imported 135 million cellular phones over the past 17 years. In the past ten years alone, the nation has spent 21 billion dollars on cellular phones. Since 1994, Turkey imported approximately 29 billion dollars of worth of cellular phones. Overall Turkey's imports toppled one trillion 269 billion dollars over the past ten years. As a result, calculations reveal that for every 100 dollars spent, 1.7 went to cellular phones. The cost per unit of cellular phones has dropped from 1,150 dollars to 235 dollars. 65 MILLION CELLULAR PHONE SUBSCRIBERS
According to figures from the Mobile Communications Tools and Information Technologies Business Association, in 1994 just 175,000 cellular phones were imported. Since then, Turkey has become one of the highest spending nations when it comes to cellular phones. In 2000, seven million cellular phones were imported. The number regressed in the crisis year of 2001 to four million, 200 thousand. In 2004, the figure increased once again, this time to seven million, 550 thousand phones imported. In 2005, that figure was at nine million, in 2006, it was 12 million 880 thousand, in 2007, 15 million 700 thousand, in 2008, 15 million 500 thousand, in 2009, 13 million and in 2010, 13 million, 980 cell phones were imported.
Expectations are that this year alone, Turkey's cell phone imports will reach 15 million. According to figures from the Information Technologies and Communications Association, as of September, there were approximately 64.8 million subscribers in Turkey.