Mobile cellular penetration in the developing world reached 70 at the end of 2010 – just six years after reaching 70 percent in the developed world, according to ITU.
In 2002 there were just two countries in the world with mobile cellular penetration over 100 percent . Eight years later, almost 100 economies had mobile cellular penetration over 100 percent – and 17 economies had penetration rates above 150 percent.
Global Internet user penetration reached 30 percent in 2010; Internet user penetration in developed countries reached 30 percent just nine years earlier, in 2001.
In the year 2000, Internet user penetration was under 1 percent in 72 economies. Ten years later, there were just 6 economies with Internet user penetration under 1 percent. Internet user penetration in the developing world as a whole reached 21 percent in 2010.
Global Internet penetration in 2010 (30 percent) was higher than global fixed (16 percent) or mobile (12 percent) telephone penetration in the year 2000.
Mobile cellular penetration in Africa in 2010 (45.2 percent) was higher than mobile cellular penetration in the Americas in 2004 (42.8 percent). Mobile cellular penetration in the Americas had grown to 94.5 percent by 2010.
Mobile cellular penetration in Asia and the Pacific in 2010 (69.2 percent) was higher than mobile cellular penetration in Europe eight years earlier (67.0 percent). Mobile cellular penetration in Europe had grown to 117.7 percent by 2010.
Internet user penetration in Africa grew over 20-fold in the decade to 2010, from 0.5 percent to 10.8 percent. This gave Africa higher Internet user penetration in 2010, than in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) five years earlier. In CIS, meanwhile, Internet penetration grew from 10.2 percent in 2005 to 34.0 percent in 2010.
Internet user penetration in Asia and the Pacific grew from 3.3 percent in 2000 to 22.5 percent in 2010, bringing it close to Internet user penetration in Europe nine years earlier (23.0 percent). By 2010, Internet user penetration in Europe had grown to 67.0 percent.
In 2010, 833 million people were living in the 49 UN-designated Least Developed Countries (LDCs). In spite of these being the world’s poorest countries, and much remaining still to be done, mobile phone services across the LDCs grew steadily throughout the first decade of the new Millennium.
While the number of urban residents in developing countries living in slum conditions grew from 767 million to 828 million in the past decade5, the number of mobile cellular subscriptions grew from 2 to 280 million and the number of Internet users grew more than fifty-fold, from well under a million to almost 38 million.
In 2010, almost two thirds of people in LDCs had mobile cellular coverage, and mobile cellular penetration had reached 34 percent – up from just 5 percent only five years earlier, and close to the global figure for 2005. In just two of the 49 LDCs was mobile penetration still below 5 percent in 2010, according to ITU data.
Internet user penetration in LDCs grew from 0.1 percent in the year 2000 to 4.6 percent in 2010. This is still far below the target set by the LDC III conference in 2001, of having 10 percent of people in LDCs online by 2010, however.
By Telecomlead.com Team