Mobile Phone Growth Trends across the World
Check out this great short film made by the Praekelt Foundation describing the amazing growth in computer and mobile technology that is allowing our world to get connected. Although the video is focused on Africa, it is clear that decreasing costs and increasing penetration of mobile technology is transforming lives, businesses, and communities across all of the emerging markets. The video states that “in Africa, the mobile phone is the #1 way to get online.” This doesn’t come as big surprise since 66 to 80 percent of internet users in emerging markets don’t have access to a computer at home!
According to the Praekelt Foundation, if the current growth rates persist, every single person living in Africa will own a phone by 2020. This statement is backed up by Ulf Ewaldsson, the head of mobile infrastructure for Ericsson, who says global mobile penetration will reach 100 percent by 2016. And with current growth trends, nearly half of the mobile phones in use will be smartphones. These are some pretty incredible statistics! We are living in an ever-more connected world, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon.
 Lucy Battersby, Every person on Earth to have a mobile by 2016, http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/every-person-on-earth-to-have-a-mobile-by-2016-20110719-1hm5c.html (July 2011).