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March 15, 2013

US Mobile Broadband Growth of 3G exceeds 81%

CHART OF THE DAY: Mobile Broadband Growth - Business Insider: The past decade was an era fueled by the growth of wired broadband, where speedy home Internet connections fueled the growth of e-commerce and social networks.


Global mobile 3G subscribers in Q4, 2012, according to Informa
Country3G subscribers
Q4 2012 (est)
3G Penetration Country3G subscribers
Q4 2012 (est.)
3G Penetration
Global1,593.9 million23%    
USA256.0 million81% Italy50.8 million83%
China211.3 million16% UK48.3 million77%
Japan125.2 million99% Indonesia47.6 million19%
India70.6 million6% France40.5 million64%
Brazil69.1 million35% Spain40.0 million85%
Germany53.2 million65% South Korea36.5 million75%
Source: Informa WCIS (Q3 2012)via: mobiThinking


Mobile broadband is the marketing term for wireless Internet access through a portable modem, mobile phone, USB wireless modem, or other mobile devices. The first wireless Internet access became available in 1991 as part of the second generation (2G) of mobile phone technology. Higher speeds became available in 2001 and 2006 as part of the third (3G) and fourth (4G) generations. In 2011, 90% of the world's population lived in areas with 2G coverage, while 45% lived in areas with 2G and 3G coverage




New forecasts from Ovum, a research firm, show that we're entering the next Internet era, where mobile broadband is becoming far more lucrative.

According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), there are almost 1.2 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide. That accounts for 17% of the world population. As you can see in the chart, developed nations are way ahead of the race, with Asia and Pacific regions on top for mobile broadband penetration