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Web-browsing Will Soon Be Dominated by Mobile Devices?

In a press release by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) suggests that the smart money in investing when it comes to web-development is in mobile devices:

 

ITU sees 5 billion mobile  subscriptions globally in 2010

Strong global mobile cellular  growth predicted across all regions and all major markets

Barcelona, 15 February 2010 — After  reaching around 4.6 billion mobile cellular subscriptions by the end of 2009,  ITU expects the number of mobile cellular subscriptions globally to reach five  billion in 2010, driven by advanced services and handsets in developed countries  and increased take-up of mobile health services and mobile banking in the  developing world.

“Even during an economic crisis, we have seen no drop in the demand for  communications services,” says ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, taking  part in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, “and I am confident  that we will continue to see a rapid uptake in mobile cellular services in  particular in 2010, with many more people using their phones to access the  internet.”

ITU expects to see the number of mobile broadband subscriptions exceed one  billion globally during 2010, having topped 600 million by the end of 2009. With  current growth rates, web access by people on the move — via laptops and smart  mobile devices – is likely to exceed web access from desktop computers within  the next five years.

“Even the simplest, low-end mobile phone can do so much to improve healthcare  in the developing world,” adds Dr Touré. “Good examples include sending reminder  messages to patient’s phones when they have a medical appointment, or need a  pre-natal check-up. Or using SMS messages to deliver instructions on when and  how to take complex medication such as anti-retrovirals or vaccines. It’s such a  simple thing to do, and yet it saves millions of dollars — and can help improve  and even save the lives of millions of people.”

Concerning mobile banking, rapid growth in mobile cellular subscriptions has  meant that there are now large numbers of people worldwide, especially in  developing countries, who have a mobile phone subscription but no bank account —  and increasingly, subscribers are using their phones for banking.

ITU is the main source of internationally comparable data and statistics on  ICT. The Market Information and Statistics Division of the Telecommunication  Development Bureau (BDT) collects, harmonizes and disseminates more than 100  telecommunication and ICT indicators from over 200 economies worldwide. Data are  accessible online through the  ICT Eye portal, on CD and in print publications.  ITU regularly publishes analytical reports illustrating the latest trends in the  sector. It also monitors the development of the digital divide and has developed  widely used benchmarking tools, such as the ICT Development Index (IDI).

Source:  http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2010/06.html

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