Soon mobile phones will be as many as the people on Earth. According to a recent study, that will happen in 2014.
ITU (International Telecommunication Union), the telecommunication agency of the United Nations, found that next year mobile subscriptions will exceed seven billion. The union adds that currently Asia is leading in this field. ITU notes that over 50% of all mobile number subscribers are located on this continent.
It is predicted that towards the end of this year, the mobile penetration will hit 96% on a worldwide level. This rate will be equal to 89% in the developing world and to nearly 130% in the developed one. That is due to the fact that there the rate of mobile penetration is so high that it makes mobile phones perfect for the delivery of various services.
In its study, the International Telecommunication Union also makes prognosis about the internet use. UN’s agency expects that nearly 40% of the global population, or 2.7 billion people, will be using the web by the end of 2013.
In addition, Europe is likely to continue to be the continent with the highest internet penetration. The oldest continent is predicted to reach a web connectivity rate of 75%. In comparison, the African and Asia-Pacific regions will have less than 50% of web penetration combined. The report adds that the number of the biggest internet consumer, households, will continue to grow. According to ITU, over 40% of all households in the world will have web connection. For the last half a decade, African household access is increasing with the most impressive pace. It has marked an average annual growth of the amazing 27%. Still, around 90% of all global households continue to have no internet access.
The ITU also mentions the countries with the best internet speeds. Among them are Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, as well as some unexpected countries like Bulgaria, Portugal an Iceland.
Fixed-broadband prices have greatly decreased over the last half a decade. The report claims that the cost of these services has fell with more than 80%. But that is not the case in developing regions, where prices are still too high.