10% of the world now accesses the Internet on mobile devices

10% of the world now accesses the Internet on mobile devices
It all seems to have started with the smartphone revolution - people suddenly got an opportunity to access the world wide web from a device fitting in their pocket and they’re loving it. In fact, the least developed countries where cable Internet is not that easy to get, people are overwhelmingly dependant on their mobile devices to go online. Since 2010, the percentage of people accessing the web has doubled and now 10% of all people accessing the web do it on a mobile device.

The continent that can brag with most mobile Internet users? No surprise here, folks, it’s Asia. The continent accounted for 17.84% of all Internet usage, a 192% rise in the last 18 months. 

What’s interesting is that Africa where non-smartphones dominate the scene, grabbed the second place with 14.85%. This is truly a testament to how important being connected is, so that even people with relatively underpowered devices were massively accessing the web.

North America scored third, and you can check out the other continents usage at the map below. Interestingly, while usage in Europe almost tripled, it’s still relatively low. Finally, here’s an interesting piece of statistics showing mobile traffic as part of the overall web traffic:

  1. 48.87% – India
  2. 47.09% – Zambia
  3. 44.95% – Sudan
  4. 42.36% – Uzbekistan
  5. 40.65% – Nigeria
  6. 37.95% – Zimbabwe
  7. 35.46% – Laos
  8. 34.66% – Brunei
  9. 31.79% – Ethiopia
  10. 29.2% – Kenya

Anyone surprised?

source: Pingdom via BGR


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17 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"10% of the world now accesses the Internet on mobile devices" Laptop is also mobile device! :)

4. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No, a laptop is a portable device. ;)

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Doesn't mobile means that it is portable ? ;)

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Blackberry 7 is approved by the Pentagon. According to the Department of Defense’s fiscal 2013 budget, there are about 250,000 Blackberry devices currently in use, while 5,000 Apple iOS devices and 3,000 Android devices are part of a pilot system. Only the governments are using Blackberry because people wanted more Apps and games so they will used Androids and Apple devices.

16. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

So how is this related to it?

3. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

i dislike how it groups asia as one group. what about japan and korea stacked against the US? i know japan, and probably korea, have had internet on mobiles long before the iphone made it cool to surf the web on your phone. what kind of traffic do they have

5. angelesmec unregistered

For entertainment - web browsing, gaming, video playing and many more I am now dependent on a mobile phone.. I do not play pc games anymore these days.. the only thing I am doing on a pc are office works..documents, spreadsheets and presentations..and some video editing..nothing else..

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Anyway games for tablets and smartphones still can't replace PC gaming experience. :)

8. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

100% agree

17. Das70

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Agreed. Maybe in a few years tablets will catch up, but not yet. Wonder who the idiot that gave you a red thumbs up is??? He cannot be a pc gamer. Probably thinks Angry Birds is a top notch game.LOL

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

most of my friends and myself in india browse the web on mobile devices although we have fast cable connection, I'm reading and commenting this news on my mobile right now, :b

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I'm proud that my country is ahead of other European countries for the third year in a row and is also sixth on the global ranking listIn by Fiber-Optic internet penetration. :) When I'm at home I prefer PC and Fiber-Optic internet, here it is damn fast and stable. :)

14. rn9215

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Ya count me in i also do the same! even though i have a good cable internet at home i use the mobile net when i am outside!....and by the way i am also from India

9. adi4u4882

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I'am an Indian. And i use more than 500 Mb per day for browsing and streaming few videos. My Cable connection is good but i prefer my mobile. So, This is a Boon to Mobile Industry.

11. angelesmec unregistered

I agree that phones still cannot match the gaming experience we can get on a PC. But with a modern phone I still got quality internet browsing, gaming and many more of my entertainment needs with only 1 device that fits inside my pocket which I can easily access at home or even on the go that reduces my needs for a PC significantly..

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree.

15. LordOfTroll

Posts: 54; Member since: May 08, 2012

and.. 90% of those Android users are suffering from spyware, malware, lagginess, sluggishnes.

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