Economist on "Mobile Marvels" in Emerging Markets

Though here when we talk about mobile it’s usually in the context of mobile reading and media, that’s just a small piece of what’s happening as we move to the age of the mobile web, especially in emerging markets.

This week’s Economist has a special report on Mobile and Telcoms in Emerging Markets that’s worth a read. For example, in about two years mobile is forecast to eclipse fixed broadband as the way most people use the Internet:

Forecast graph showing mobile internet access eclipsing broadband access by 2011

Worth particular note are the Beyond Voice and Internet for the Masses stories (from which the graph above is taken):

HOW long will it be before everyone on Earth has a mobile phone? “It looks highly likely that global mobile cellular teledensity will surpass 100% within the next decade, and probably earlier,” says Hamadoun TourĂ©, secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union, a body set up in 1865 to regulate international telecoms. Mobile teledensity (the number of phones per 100 people) went above 100% in western Europe in 2007, and many developing countries have since followed suit. South Africa passed the 100% mark in January, and Ghana reached 98% in the same month. Kenya and Tanzania are expected to get to 100% by 2013.

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