Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Mobile Internet Usage Doubles

Global internet usage on mobile devices, exclusive of tablets,  has almost doubled to 8.5 percent in January 2012, up  from 4.3 percent in 2010,  according to StatCounter.

The other important observation is that mobile broadband already has passed fixed network broadband, in terms of number of users or subscribers. 

StatCounter Global Stats data also suggest mobile access to the Internet has been doubling every year since 2009. Other studies confirm the trend.

Nokia leads worldwide, most probably driven by its dominance in India, while Apple is second globally but leads the U.S. and U.K. markets.

Global use of mobile devices to access internet
(excludes tablets)

Jan 2009: 0.7%
Jan 2010: 1.6%
Jan 2011: 4.3%
Jan 2012: 8.5%

Mobile phones and PC dongles have been  the main drivers of mobile broadband usage, so far. The big question is how much of a role tablets will play in the future.

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