Access to internet is still a luxury that is not afforded by many in developing countries. However, thanks to the smartphones and other mobile devices, internet usage is growing rapidly. According to projected estimation by UN, 40% of all the people in the world will be online by the end of 2013.
This is a very intriguing revelation because in many countries around the globe, the infrastructure for internet or high-speed broadband is still missing. Despite these problems, internet has grown and expanded very rapidly.
The recent surge in the accessibility of internet has been due to the inception of smartphones. Not only are these sophisticated mobile devices popular, they often come with support for broadband-speed mobile internet. It is the ability to use high-speed internet on their mobile devices which has lured many to hook up to the web.
This is also manifest in UN’s report which says that the fastest growing part of the global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market is mobile broadband. Numbers from International Telecommunication Union (ITU) further substantiate this claim.
According to ITU, the total number of mobile-cellular subscriptions will reach 6.8 billion by the end of 2013. In other words, total subscriptions will nearly be equal like the total number of humans in this world. Again, economic trends have been critical in galvanizing the ICT market, especially the mobile internet segment. Internet speeds have improved over time whereas the costs have been trimmed, allowing more users to get cellular+internet packages from telecoms. The strategy has worked well so far, although high-speed mobile broadband is still not available in certain countries.