The International Communication Union, the United Nations’ telecommunication agency, has said that the global number of mobile phones in use is set to equal the world’s population by 2014. The agency has said that by the end of 2013, the total mobile penetration percentage would have touched 96% – 128% in developed countries, 89% in developing countries. The report goes on to state that most of the new phone subscribers will come from the Asian region, where the growth and penetration of the mobile has been prolific in the last couple of years.
Speaking the report and its findings, Brahima Sanou, the Director of the ITU’s telecommunication development bureau said, “Near-ubiquitous mobile penetration makes mobile cellular the ideal platform for service delivery in developing countries.”
The ITU report also addressed internet penetration and growth. While its proliferation is not as ambitious as that of mobile phones, numbers suggest that 2.7 billion or 36% of the world’s population will have access to the internet. Europe, with 75% connectivity, will be a mature market and growth will be focussed on Asia (32%) and Africa (16%). In terms of speed of internet connectivity, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong lead the global list.
If you consider India alone, the numbers do suggest that use of mobile phones and number of internet users is definitely on the rise. The Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer’s Partner Mary Meeker’s report shows that the number of smartphone users in India is a whopping 44 million and that between 2008 and 2011, the country added 88 million internet users to its final tally. When it comes to mobile internet, the growth seems to be quicker as 165 million Indians are expected to have access to mobile internet by 2015.
While it is great the complete connectivity through-out the world will no longer remain a dream, it will get a little freaky when machines (phones) outnumber humans, no?
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