Monday, February 11, 2013

Goin' Mobile- Global Stats

I was doing some data collection for a piece on broadband last week, and ran across some interesting statistics, courtesy of the ITU.  All results are for 2011.
  • Globally, there's almost five times the number of mobile/cellular subscriptions (5.972 billion) as there are fixed-line telephone subscriptions (1.204 billion).  The ratio is higher in developing areas than in developed areas.
  • For (basic) broadband subscriptions, the differential is less, although there are still more active mobile broadband subscriptions (1.1 billion) than fixed-line broadband subscriptions (589 million).
  • In developed countries, ICTs and Web access are widespread.  Looking at households, 74.2% have computers, and 70.3% have Internet access.  Among individuals, 70.2% are Internet users, about half have mobile broadband subscriptions, and a quarter have fixed-line broadband subscriptions.
  • Penetration in developing countries is much lower (with wider variations in reported levels).  On average, fewer than one in four households have a computer, and about 1 in 5 have Internet access.  Regional differences in household ownership of computers ranges from 6.4% in Africa to 31% in Arab states, to 75.3% in Europe (somewhat fewer homes have Internet access).  The proportion of Internet users run from 12.4% in Africa to 68.4% among Europeans.
Source:  Key ICT indicators for developed and developing countries and the world, ITU (2012)

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