MOBILE-BROADBAND UPTAKE CONTINUES TO GROW AT

DOUBLE-DIGIT RATES
The number of mobile-broadband subscriptions reaches 2.3 billion,
with 55% of them in developing countries
Active mobile-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, 2007-2014*
Globally, mobile-broadband penetration will reach 32% by end 2014 – almost double the penetration rate just
three years earlier (2011) and four times as high as fve years earlier (2009).
In developed countries, mobile-broadband penetration will reach 84%, a level four times as high as in developing
countries (21%).
Mobile broadband remains the fastest growing market segment, with continuous double-digit growth rates in
2014. Mobile broadband is growing fastest in developing countries, where 2013/2014 growth rates are expected
to be twice as high as in developed countries (26% compared with 11.5%).
By end 2014, the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally, almost 5 times as
many as just six years earlier (in 2008).
“I am pleased to present the latest ICT statistics. The new fgures show that, by the end
of 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the
developing world, and that the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach
2.3 billion globally. Fifty-fve per cent of these subscriptions are expected to be in the
developing world.
Behind these numbers and statistics are real human stories. The stories of people whose
lives have improved thanks to ICTs. Our mission is to bring ICTs into the hands of ordinary
people, wherever they live. By measuring the information society, we can track progress,
or identify gaps, towards achieving socio-economic development for all.”
Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau
The World in
2014
ICT
FACTS AND FIGURES
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AFRICA LEADS IN MOBILE-BROADBAND GROWTH
Mobile-broadband penetration in Africa reaches close to 20% in 2014,
up from 2% in 2010
Share of active mobile-broadband subscriptions, by level of development (2008, 2011, 2014*)
By end 2014, 55% of all mobile-broadband subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world, compared
with only 20% in 2008.
Active mobile-broadband subscriptions by region, 2014* and growth rates, 2011-2014*
Mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe (64%) and the Americas (59%), followed by the
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) (49%), the Arab States (25%), Asia-Pacifc (23%) and Africa (19%).
The Americas region, with the second highest penetration levels, will be home to more than half a billion mobile-
broadband subscriptions by end 2014, and the growth rate will remain above 15%.
Although by the end of 2014 Asia-Pacifc will be home to close to 1 billion mobile-broadband subscriptions, the
region’s penetration rate lags behind other regions, including the Arab States and CIS.
All regions continue to show double-digit growth rates but Africa stands out with a growth rate of over 40%
– twice as high as the global average. By end 2014, mobile-broadband penetration in Africa will have reached
almost 20%, up from less than 2% four years earlier.
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ALMOST 7 BILLION MOBILE-CELLULAR SUBSCRIPTIONS WORLDWIDE
The developing countries are home to more than three quarters of all
mobile-cellular subscriptions
Mobile-cellular subscriptions, total and per 100 inhabitants, 2005-2014*, and by region, 2014*
The number of mobile-cellular subscriptions worldwide is approaching the number of people on earth. Mobile-
cellular subscriptions will reach almost 7 billion by end 2014, corresponding to a penetration rate of 96%. More
than half of these (3.6 billion subscriptions) will be in the Asia-Pacifc region.
In developing countries, mobile-cellular penetration will reach 90% by end 2014, compared with 121% in
developed countries.
Mobile-cellular growth rates have reached their lowest-ever level (of 2.6% globally), indicating that the market is
approaching saturation levels. The continuous increase in mobile-cellular subscriptions is mostly due to growth
in the developing world: penetration in developing countries continues to grow twice as much as in developed
countries (3.1% compared with 1.5%, respectively, in 2014).
Africa and Asia and the Pacifc, where penetration will reach 69% and 89%, respectively, by end 2014, are the
regions with the strongest mobile-cellular growth (and the lowest penetration rates). Penetration rates in the CIS
countries, Arab States, the Americas and Europe have reached levels above 100% (since 2012) and are expected
to grow at less than 2% in 2014.
Share of mobile-cellular subscriptions, by level of development (2000, 2005, 2014*)
The developing countries’ share continues to increase and by end 2014, the number of mobile-cellular
subscriptions in the developing world will account for 78% (or more than three-quarters) of the world’s total.
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Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database
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FIXED-BROADBAND GROWTH SLOWING DOWN
IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
44% of all fxed-broadband subscriptions are in Asia-Pacifc,compared
with only 0.5% in Africa
Fixed (wired)-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, 2005-2014*
Fixed-broadband penetration continues to grow, albeit slowly (at 4.4% globally in 2014), mostly due to a
slowdown in developing countries, where fxed-broadband penetration growth rates are expected to drop from
18% in 2011 to 6% in 2014. In developed countries, fxed-broadband penetration will grow at around 3.5% in 2014
compared with 4.8% in 2011.
In 2013, the number of fxed-broadband subscriptions in developing countries overtook the number in developed
countries; a trend that is expected to continue, given the higher growth rates in developing countries compared
with developed countries.
Fixed (wired)-broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by region, 2014*
44% of all fxed-broadband subscriptions are in Asia-Pacifc, and 24% are in Europe. In contrast, Africa accounts
for less than 0.5% of the world’s fxed-broadband subscriptions and despite double-digit growth over the last
four years, penetration in Africa remains very low, at 0.4% by end 2014.
Africa, the Arab States, and CIS are the only regions with double-digit fxed-broadband penetration growth rates.
The Americas region stands out with the lowest growth in fxed broadband, estimated at 2.5% and reaching a
penetration rate of around 17% by the end of 2014.
Europe’s fxed-broadband penetration is much higher compared with other regions and almost three times as
high as the global average (28% compared with 10%).
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ALMOST 3 BILLION PEOPLE — 40% OF THE WORLD’S
POPULATION — ARE USING THE INTERNET
Close to one out of three people in the developing countries are online
Individuals using the Internet, total and percentage, 2005-2014*
Percentage of individuals using the Internet, 2005-2014*
Percentage of individuals using the Internet, by region, 2014*
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In Africa, almost 20% of the population will be
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44% OF HOUSEHOLDS HAVE INTERNET ACCESS AT HOME
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Percentage of households with Internet access, by level of development, 2005-2014*
By end 2014, 44% of the world’s households will have Internet access at home. Close to one third (31%) of
households in developing countries will be connected to the Internet, compared with 78% in developed countries.
2013/14 growth rates in the developing world will be more than three times as high as those in the developed
world (12.5% growth compared with 4%). Household Internet access is approaching saturation levels in
developed countries.
The number of households with Internet access in developing countries surpassed those in developed countries
in 2013, and doubled between 2010 and 2014.
Percentage of households with Internet access, by region, 2014*
By end 2014, more than one out of two households in the CIS will be connected to the Internet. In Africa, only
about one out of ten households will be connected to the Internet. However, household Internet access in Africa
continues to grow at double-digit rates (at 18% in 2014, more than twice the growth of the world average).
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Differences in broadband speed persist
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Romania
Canada*
Lithuania
Hungary
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Greece
Singapore
United States*†
Spain
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Germany
Finland
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Portugal
Sweden
Switzerland
Malta
Japan
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United Kingdom*
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