Larry Page

Mobile Is Starting To Drive Global Internet Penetration

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The PC has long been associated with bringing the Internet to new audiences, but that perception is changing. These days, the world’s unconnected billions are being introduced to the Web on their mobile screens.

According to the International Telecommunications Union, there were 1.6 billion mobile Internet users at year-end 2012, up from 1.2 billion a year prior.

The mobile Internet is scaling incredibly fast. It took the desktop-based Web 18 years to reach 1.6 billion users.

The ITU forecasts there will be 2.1 billion mobile Internet users in 2013, or 71% of the total global Internet population.

Since mobile phones are one of the most widely deployed technologies in history, it makes sense that mobile will start driving global Internet penetration, which currently stands at 36%.

In some countries this is already happening. In China, for example, there are now more mobile Internet than broadband users.

As Google CEO Larry Page argued on the Charlie Rose Show, mobile phones connected to the Internet are going to be “most people’s first computer.”

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Mobile Internet Users

Here’s a look at total Internet penetration:

Global Internet Penetration