Almost 1 Billion people worldwide have high speed mobile web access now and 200K text messages sent every second

Posted on December 1, 2010

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Great information from ITU (International Telecommunication Union) on the state of 3G, Mobile and internet usage in the world as of October 2010. Click here for the report.

Here are just some of the highlights. The numbers are truly stagering.

– By the end of 2010, there will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 940 million subscriptions to 3G services.

– Access to mobile networks is now available to 90% of the world population and 80% of thepopulation living in rural areas.

– People are moving rapidly from 2G to 3G platforms, in both developed and developing countries. In 2010, 143 countries were offering 3G services commercially, compared to 95 in 2007.

– Towards 4G: a number of countries have started to offer services at even higher broadband speeds, moving to next generation wireless platforms – they include Sweden, Norway, Ukraine and the United States.

– 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 of 2010 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.

– In the developing world, mobile cellular penetration rates will reach 68% at the end of 2010

– mainly driven by the Asia and Pacific region. India and China alone are expected to add over 300 million mobile subscriptions in 2010.

– In the African region, penetration rates will reach an estimated 41% at the end of 2010 (compared to 76% globally) leaving a signifi cant potential for growth.

The total number of SMS sent globally tripled between 2007 and 2010, from an estimated 1.8 trillion to a staggering 6.1 trillion. In other words, close to 200 000 text messages are sent every second.

– Assuming an average cost of USD 0.07 per SMS, in 2010 SMS traffic is generating an estimated USD 812 000 every minute (or around USD 14 000 every second).

– In 2009, SMS revenue accounted for 12% of China’s largest mobile operator’s total revenue.

– The Philippines and the United States combined accounted for 35% of all SMS sent in 2009.

– The total number of SMS sent globally tripled between 2007 and 2010, from an estimated 1.8 trillion to a staggering 6.1 trillion. In other words, close to 200 000 text messages are sent every second.

– The number of Internet users has doubled between 2005 and 2010.

– In 2010, the number of Internet users will surpass the two billion mark, of which 1.2 billion will be in developing countries.

– A number of countries, including Estonia, Finland and Spain have declared access to the Internet as a legal right for citizens.

– With more than 420 million Internet users, China is the largest Internet market in the world.

– While 71% of the population in developed countries are online, only 21% of the population in developing countries are online. By the end of 2010, Internet user penetration in Africa will reach 9.6%, far behind both the world average (30%) and the developing country average (21%).

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