Thursday, 10th October 2013
The State of Broadband 2013: Universalizing Broadband
Source: Broadband Commission for Digital Development
From Key Messages:
While Internet penetration globally will reach 38.8% by the end of 2013, more than two thirds of people in developing countries will still remain unconnected, as will over 90% of people in the world’s 49 least developed countries.
Mobile broadband continues to show the highest growth rate of any ICT, at over 30% per year. By the end of 2013, mobile broadband subscriptions will exceed fixed broadband subscriptions by a ratio of 3:1 (up from 2:1, just two years ago).
Mobile broadband is growing faster than any technology in human history. Five countries now have mobile broadband penetration in excess of 100 connections per capita (Singapore, Japan, Finland, Korea and Sweden). By the beginning of 2013, 32 economies had mobile-broadband subscription penetration in excess of one subscription for every two inhabitants, compared with just 13 countries at the beginning of 2012.
There are more than 70 economies where more than half the population now has access to the Internet.
The top ten countries in the world for Internet use are all located in Europe, except for New Zealand (8th) and Qatar (10th).
+ Direct link to Report (PDF; 1.3 MB)
+ Key Messages (PDF; 183 KB)
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