Half of the world’s population will be using mobile devices to access the Internet by 2020, according to a new report by the global mobile industry group underscoring growing mobile Internet adoption.
The report by GSM Association (GSMA), the organisation that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide reveals the growing Internet connection via mobile phones.
According to the report titled “Mobile Economy 2014: Sub-Saharan Africa,” there were 2.2 billion mobile internet subscribers in 2013, representing approximately 30 percent of the global population. The GSMA Intelligence report forecasts that an additional 1.6 billion citizens worldwide will become mobile internet users over the next six years, bringing the total number to 3.8 billion or around half of the world’s expected population in 2020.
“Our new findings underline how mobile is now the gateway to the internet for billions of citizens across the world and will be responsible for connecting millions of currently ‘offline’ global citizens to the internet in the years to 2020 and beyond,” said Anne Bouverot, Director General of the GSMA. “Developing innovative ways to accelerate digital inclusion in the form of affordable mobile internet access is now a key focus for the GSMA, its operator members and the broader mobile industry ecosystem.”