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- By the end of 2010, there will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 940 million subscriptions to 3G services. - Access to mobile networks is now available to 90% of the world population and 80% of the population living in rural areas. - People are moving rapidly from 2G to 3G platforms, in both developed and developing countries. In 2010, 143 countries were offering 3G services commercially, compared to 95 in 2007. - Towards 4G: a number of countries have started to offer services at even higher broadband speeds, moving to next generation wireless platforms – they include Sweden, Norway, Ukraine and the United States.


At the same time. the developing world is increasing its share of mobile subscriptions from 53% of total mobile subscriptions at the end of 2005 to 73% at the end of 2010.mainly driven by the Asia and Pacific region. .In the developing world.6% from 2009-2010. 2010 100 15 10 5 2009/2010 growth rate (%) 50 0 CIS Europe The Americas Arab States Asia & Pacific Africa Note: 2010 data are estimates Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database 0 .THE WORLD IN 2010 FACTS AND FIGURES Towards the end of double-digit mobile growth Mobile cellular growth rate (%) 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 Developing World Developed 2009/10* Note: *Estimate Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database . In developed countries. mobile cellular penetration rates will reach 68% at the end of 2010 . penetration rates will reach an estimated 41% at the end of 2010 (compared to 76% globally) leaving a significant potential for growth. 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. India and China alone are expected to add over 300 million mobile subscriptions in 2010. 150 25 20 Mobile cellular subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. . .In the African region.Mobile cellular growth is slowing worldwide.

.In 2009. . SMS revenue accounted for 12% of China’s largest mobile operator’s total revenue.07 per SMS.THE WORLD IN 2010 FACTS AND FIGURES SMS triples in three years Note: *Estimate Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database . close to 200 000 text messages are sent every second. in 2010 SMS traffic is generating an estimated USD 812 000 every minute (or around USD 14 000 every second). In other words.1 trillion.The total number of SMS sent globally tripled between 2007 and 2010. .Assuming an average cost of USD 0.The Philippines and the United States combined accounted for 35% of all SMS sent in 2009. . from an estimated 1.8 trillion to a staggering 6.

A number of countries.With more than 420 million Internet users.The number of Internet users has doubled between 2005 and 2010.THE WORLD IN 2010 FACTS AND FIGURES Two billion people on the Internet… … but too few in Africa Billions of Internet users Per 100 inhabitants.0 21.0 55.2 billion will be in developing countries.5 2.9 2. .0 0. of which 1. far behind both the world average (30%) and the developing country average (21%).In 2010. By the end of 2010.5 0 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Note: *Estimate Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database .6 24.6%. China is the largest Internet market in the world.0 65. . Finland and Spain have declared access to the Internet as a legal right for citizens.0 1. . . the number of Internet users will surpass the two billion mark. 2010 Africa Arab States CIS Europe The Americas Asia & Pacific 9.5 1.While 71% of the population in developed countries are online.9 46. only 21% of the population in developing countries are online. . Internet user penetration in Africa will reach 9. including Estonia.

4 billion 0. Netherlands and Sweden.The number of people having access to the Internet at home has increased from 1.6% respectively in developed countries). only 22.5% have a computer and only 15. almost all of them through a broadband connection.While in developing countries 72. . .8 billion 1. more than 80% of households have Internet access.THE WORLD IN 2010 FACTS AND FIGURES Connecting homes 98.4% 71. .At the end of 2010.5% 15.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.4% of households have a TV. including the Republic of Korea.In some countries.5%) will have access to the Internet. developed countries Penetration.5 billion Households + + Households with computer Households with Internet access Penetration. developing countries + Households with TV Note: Data refer to 2010 and are estimates Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database . . half a billion households worldwide (or 29.8% 1.0% 65.0% 72.6 billion in 2010. 71% and 65.8% have Internet access (compared to 98%.6 billion 0.6% 22.

up from 471 million (or 6. Fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 25 20 15 10 5 0 Africa Arab States Asia & Pacific CIS The Americas Europe Note: Data refer to 2010 and are estimates Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database . a penetration rate of less than 1% illustrates the challenges that persist in increasing access to high-speed.9% penetration) a year earlier.Despite these promising trends. fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions will reach an estimated 555 million globally (or 8% penetration). in both developed and developing countries: at the end of 2010. . .THE WORLD IN 2010 FACTS AND FIGURES The continuing broadband divide Fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 25 20 15 10 5 0 Developed World Developing 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010* 2010 Note: *Estimate Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database .The developing world’s share of fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions is growing steadily: by the end of 2010.Africa still lags behind when it comes to fixed (wired) broadband.There has been strong growth in fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions.6 in developed countries. high-capacity Internet access in the region. the developing world will account for an estimated 45% of global subscriptions (up from 42% five years earlier). Although subscriptions are increasing. penetration levels in developing countries remain low: 4.4 subscriptions per 100 people compared to 24. .

. compared to only 28 PPP$ per month in developed countries. 2009 Per 100 inhabitants 70 60 150 50 40 100 30 50 20 10 0 Mobile cellular basket Fixed broadband basket 0 Mobile cellular subscriptions Fixed broadband subscriptions Source: Measuring the Information Society Report 2010.With the rapidly increasing high-bandwidth content and applications on the Internet. PPP$ 200 Penetration in developing countries. an entry-level fixed (wired) broadband connection cost on average 190 PPP$ per month in developing countries. For example. Note: * Rounded values. 2009 Monthly price. downloading a high-quality movie takes almost 1½ days . . ITU . which is much higher for lower-cost mobile cellular compared to higher-priced fixed broadband. Average price in developing countries. This has significant implications for the uptake of ICT services.compared to 5 minutes at a connection speed of 100 Mbps.Fixed (wired) broadband prices dropped by 42% between 2008 and 2009 but there are huge differences among countries when it comes to the affordability of broadband: in 2009. at the minimum broadband speed of 256 kbps. there is a growing demand for higher-speed connections.THE WORLD IN 2010 FACTS AND FIGURES Broadband speed and affordability Time needed to download online content at different connection speeds Connection speed Content Google home page Music track Video clip (160 KB) (5MB) (20MB) 256kbps 2Mbps 10Mbps 100Mbps 00:00:05 00:02:36 00:10:25 06:04:35 34:43:20 00:00:01 * 00:00:00 * 00:00:00 * 00:00:20 00:01:20 00:46:40 04:26:40 00:00:04 00:00:16 00:09:20 00:53:20 00:00:00 * 00:00:02 00:00:56 00:05:20 * CD / low quality movie (700MB) DVD / high quality movie (4GB) Source: ITU calculation.

THE WORLD IN 2010 FACTS AND FIGURES For more information: Market Information and Statistics Division Telecommunication Development Bureau International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Place des Nations 1211 Geneva 20 .int Promoting development through ICT statistics I n t e r n a t i o n a l T e l e c o m m u n i c a t i o n U n i o n for Measuring ICT Access and Use by Households and Individuals MANUAL 2009 EDITION ITU-D .int/ITU-D/ict/ Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development PARTNERSHIP ON MEASURING ICT FOR DEVELOPMENT www.itu.itu.Switzerland indicators@itu.