- Nearly 3 billion users,
- Two-thirds of whom — nearly 2 billion — from the developing world, and
- And most internet users — 2.3 billion of them – will be accessing it via mobile broadband. That 5 times the number from 2008, a mere six years beforehand.
This chart, taken from the ITU’s report, The World in 2014: ICT Facts and Figures [1.7MB PDF], shows the rate of mobile broadband adoption for the past six years and a projection for the end of this one:
Mobile broadband should used by 84% of the developed world by the end of the year, if the current 11.5% growth rate holds. That growth rate is more than double in the developing world, who should hit 21% penetration by December 31st, 2014.
The average person in the developed world has 1.21 mobile subscriptions. Here are the regions with the highest subscription rates:
Here’s a look at the worldwide mobile subscription numbers over the past 8 years, plus a look forward to the end of this one. We’ll hit the 7 billion subscription mark by the end of the year, and the lion’s share of those numbers will come from the developing world:
For the full story, including numbers on fixed (or “wireline”, as we like to say at GSG) broadband, see the ITU’s report, The World in 2014: ICT Facts and Figures.