2015 could be the year in which the number of mobile internet connections will exceed the number of inhabitants on the planet, according to the latest Ericsson mobility report. At the end of March 2014, there were 6.8 billion mobile connections in the world, or more than 9.3 connected mobiles for 10 people.
These numbers do not mean that each of the 7.2 billion people on earth uses a telephone. While mobile network coverage is growing exponentially in developing markets – Africa and India leading new connections in the first quarter – mobile telephony services already exceed 100% penetration rates in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. East and North America.
In these regions, mobile connections per individual are multiplying with laptops, connected tablets in addition to the mobile phone. Ericsson estimates that around 200 million various connected objects are also present in the global mobile internet market, and that this number will grow. The firm predicts that the number of connected cell phones worldwide will reach 9.2 billion in 2019.