More on the mobile phone stats. Mind-boggling numbers on usage growth, particularly in emerging countries. With lightning speed, mobile phones are replacing land line phones, making them redundant (have you seen any one use public phones lately?? I’ve noticed plenty cobweb covered public phones!). Another interesting fact is that a customer’s first time internet experience in emerging countries today will more likely than not come from a mobile phone, and not a computer (whether PC, Desktop, Laptop, etc).
UN: worldwide internet users hit 2 billion, cellphone subscriptions top 5 billion (late 2010)
The UN’s International Telecommunication Union predicted in late 2010… the number of internet users worldwide would hit two billion by the end of 2010, and it’s now issued its full report that confirms just that — 2.08 billion, to be specific. As the ITU’s Hamadoun Toure notes, that number represents a huge leap from the mere 250 million internet users that existed a decade ago, and it means that roughly one third of the world’s population now has internet access of some sort — of those, 555 million have a fixed broadband subscription, and 950 million have mobile broadband.
… the number of cellphone subscriptions worldwide, which has now crossed the 5 billion mark. That’s up from 500 million at the beginning of the year 2000.
And let’s not forget that in emerging nations, the majority of mobile phones are via pre-paid cards, and not subscriptions.
Clearly the greatest growth potential lies in the emerging countries. The law of supply and demand will surely see a drop in mobile phone prices with improved technology, reaching more customers than ever, making the mobile phone all the more affordable. And placed in the hands of millions of first-time users… we will see a fundamental change in the future. After all, the mobile phone has been called a potent agent of change, as telecommunications is a key infrastructure to bring economic progress. Access to information and connecting people are just a tip of the iceberg of what having a mobile phone can do to remote communities, from Sub Saharan Africa to the remote mountain villages of West Papua!
… nearly 30 percent of the world’s population — will be using the internet. According to a report released by the International Telecommunication Union, 2010 alone will see an additional 226 million users log on. The report contains some far less encouraging data, however, such as the fact that it’s now estimated that in ‘developed’ countries nearly 71% of the population is online, compared to developing nations where that figure stands at 21%. The discrepancy is beginning to shrink somewhat, but is so massive that it’s likely to be a factor for many years to come.
Courtesy of Engadget