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October 31, 2011

Global Technology Adoption : Internet vs Mobile

  • With 5.9 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions, global penetration reaches 87%, and 79% in the developing world.
  •  Mobile-broadband subscriptions have grown 45% annually over the last four years and today there are twice as many mobile-broadband as fixedbroadband
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The world is home to 7 billion people, one third of which are using the Internet. 45% of the world’s Internet users are below the age of 25.

 Over the last five years, developing countries have increased their share of the world’s total number ofInternet users from 44% in 2006, to 62% in 2011. Today, Internet users in China represent almost 25% ofthe world’s total Internet users and 37% of the developing countries’ Internet users.

International Internet bandwidth, a key factor for providing high-speed Internet access to a growing number of Internet users has grown exponentially over the last five years, from 11’000 Gbit/s in 2006, to close to 80’000 Gbit/s in 2011.

 Disparities between regions in terms of available Internet bandwidth per Internet user remain, with onaverage almost 90’000 bit/s of bandwidth per user in Europe, compared with 2’000 bit/s per user inAfrica.

Mobile cellular growth is slowing worldwide. In developed countries, the mobile market is
reaching saturation levels with on average 116 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants at the end of2010 and a marginal growth of 1.6% from 2009-2010.

- At the same time, the developing world is increasing its share of mobile subscriptions from 53%of total mobile subscriptions at the end of 2005 to 73% at the end of 2010