Majority of mobile users worldwide still using 3G to connect to the web

Majority of mobile users worldwide still using 3G to connect to the web
According to a report covering global mobile connectivity for the third quarter, 16% of adults are using a 4G network to connect to the web from their mobile device. Another 16% are using a Wi-Fi connection. The study, produced by GlobalWebIndex, shows that 36% are using a 3G network to connect to the internet on their mobile device.

Looking at each region, North America is the leader as 36% of the adults there are plugged into a 4G network while browsing on a smartphone or tablet. The Middle East and Africa is next at 17%. With 12% of the continent using 4G on a mobile device, Europe was fourth finishing behind the Asia Pacific region (14%), but ahead of Latin America (11%).

Age and income also have a lot to say about how you connect to the internet on a smartphone or tablet. 23% of those in the top quarter of income producers are using a mobile 4G hook up, while that figure drops off to 17% for those earning in the 50 percentile. The figure declines to 13% for those whose income puts them in the bottom 25% of earners. As far as age is concerned, 19% of those 25 to 34 are using a 4G signal on their mobile device to surf the internet. As you might expect, those in the 55 to 64 age bracket are using 4G the least, with 12% connected to the faster network.

The poll found that 80% of the adults responding own a smartphone while 50% admitted to owning a tablet. 9% revealed that they own a smartwach and 7% have a fitness band. Additionally, the survey says that Android is the top OS for smartphones (54%) and tablets (20%), followed by iOS. The iPhone has a 16% market share while the iPad owns 13% of the tablet market worldwide.

There were 41,923 adult respondents to the third quarter poll, which also revealed that the average smartphone user spends 1.85 hours surfing the  web daily, compared with an average of 1.24 hours a day tallied back in 2012.

source: GlobalWebIndex via FierceWireless



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012


3. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I think majority of mobile owners still use 2G.....

4. Akkilidor

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 14, 2014

Indian problems...

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

Please show us the research you did that brought you to this conclusion. I'll be right here waiting.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

India, Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil... Not sure if they're still stuck on 2G, but I'm sure there's many hundreds of millions using 3G.

20. rahul.niks

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

No option of 2G,but if gprs is 2G then this stats are wrong, more than 20% of world population is using 2G in India alone.

2. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

But then again "4G/LTE" is subjective in some areas of the world. Theoretical speeds will remain in theory.

5. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Here in the US we are lucky 4G lte is affordable , In mexico which i was there 2 weeks ago .Telcel is like the Verizon /att over there has LTE already in many cities and most of its network is 3G but its sooo damn expensive .. I tried lte in mexico city was getting up to 50 dwn 15 up not bad speed wise but really expensive and no unlimited data..My family over there cant afford it price wise its more expensive than verizon at att plans here in the US.

10. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

And that's why there is a torrent of illegal immigration from Mexico to USA... only a precarian fraction of the population can afford internet.. or basic services.. or health services.. or food... Sad, sad, sad...

6. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

Of the 2% surveyed who responded "I don't know", 100% were iPhone users.

18. cantstopkchen

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 10, 2014

Lol, typical fandroid turning ANYTHING and EVERYTHING into an Apple thing. Also, don't reply back with "typical apple sheep etc. etc," because I don't use an iPhone.

7. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

there are still peoples who use GPRS

9. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

This shocks any one?

17. GeekMovement unregistered

Still don't get 4G/LTE in my area, but then again, I'm with Sprint... and even with 3G, it's 1-2 bars, 3 bars if I awkwardly position the phone in the air at a weird, but perfect angle.

19. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I love the latency and speed improvements on LTE, but it really is just simply a luxury. Why move on from 3G when it can throttle up to 28Mb, a youtube 1080p video only needs 2.5Mb, so what could you possibly need for anything faster unless you do lots of upload/downloads.

21. justttclassified

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

The 3G here is not even stable or strong and they're trying to launch 4G. #Nigeria People are mostly on 2G and 3G. The people with 4G in Nigeria are easily countable

22. Mikey02

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

4G LTE is damn expensive (at least for me) in my country, plus not all area has 4G LTE coverage.

23. vivzek

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Useless piece of study.. Far from reality.

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