LBS Subscribers Increase to 18 Million


The number of subscribers to handset-hosted location-based services (LBS) increased in 2008 to more than 18 million, according to a new study from ABI Research. North America continued to be the dominant region, accounting for slightly more than two-thirds of the total market, the study says.

While navigation continued to lead in terms of total subscribers, two other application areas — enterprise and community (including social networking) — posted the highest year-to-year growth rates.

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