Today, when ITU is celebrating first World Statistic Day, it’s really heartening to see the rise of mobiles from nowhere just 20 years back to almost pervasiveness. When we started off to tackle challenges of connecting every human being, it appeared as something, which could never be achieved. Can we really connect every individual living human?

Perhaps, yes! Or let me remove the doubts and stress the positive: ‘Yes’. We are close to it. This has been published in a report, released by ITU y’day named, World in 2010: ICT Facts & Figures. Some key points in report are mentioned below:

  • By the end of 2010, there will be 5.9 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, which include 940 million 3G subscribers.
  • 90{af589cdba9d77786c8c861317dbad60bba1e2ebbf56e2ffab874a1b59fde9ce3} of world’s population has access to mobiles, which includes 80{af589cdba9d77786c8c861317dbad60bba1e2ebbf56e2ffab874a1b59fde9ce3} of rural population.
  • World is moving towards 3G. As on today, 3G services are offered in 143 countries as compared to 97, just 3 years back.
  • Mobile cellular growth is slowing worldwide, but Asia-Pacific region is still bullish on net subscriber additions. India and China alone are expected to add 300 million subscribers in 2010.
  • SMS is growing, despite trumpets of 3G/4G VAS. In 2010 along, 6.1 trillion SMSs are sent across globe, a three times rise from 2007. It simply means: 200000 messages are sent every second.
  • Number of Internet users will surpass 2 billion mark in 2010, out of which 60{af589cdba9d77786c8c861317dbad60bba1e2ebbf56e2ffab874a1b59fde9ce3} comes from developed world. China is largest Internet market in world.
  • Fixed Broadband subscription will reach 555 million globally, but developing countries have yet to pick up.

You can read entire report here ->ITU_FactsFigures2010.

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