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The World in 2010 – ICT Facts and Figures

Just read a report by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) and found these interesting facts and figures about ICT (Information and Communication Technology) development over the world by end of 2010:

  • By the end of 2010, there will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 940 million subscriptions to 3G services.
  • In developed countries, the mobile market is reaching saturation levels with on average 116 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants at the end of 2010 and a marginal growth of 1.6% from 2009-2010.
  • In the developing world, mobile cellular penetration rates will reach 68% at the end of 2010 – mainly driven by the Asia and Pacific region. India and China alone are expected to add over 300 million mobile subscriptions in 2010.
  • The total number of SMS sent globally in 2010 will reach 6.1 trillion, tripled that in 2007. That also means about 200,000 sent every second. The Philippines and the United States combined accounted for 35% of all SMS sent in 2009.
  • The number of Internet users will reach two billion, double the number in 2005. A number of countries, including Estonia, Finland and Spain have declared access to the Internet as a legal right for citizens.
  • With more than 420 million Internet users, China is the largest Internet market in the world.
  • While 71% of the population in developed countries are online, only 21% of the population in developing countries are online. By the end of 2010, Internet user penetration in Africa will reach 9.6%, far behind both the world average (30%) and the developing country average (21%).
  • In developing countries 72.4% of households have a TV, 22.5% have a computer and 15.8% have Internet access (compared to 98%, 71% and 65.6% respectively in developed countries).
  • At the end of 2010, about half a billion households worldwide (or 29.5%) will have access to the Internet. In some countries, including the Republic of Korea, Netherlands and Sweden, more than 80% of households have Internet access, almost all of them through a broadband connection.

Note: The report probably was compiled before end 2010, so many of those figures were expressed in future tense.

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