10 Years of Mobile Development

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Michael Nique
Michael Nique

Insights Director, Mobile for Development

Globally, the number of unique mobile subscribers reached the 5 billion mark in 2018. Since early 2019, more than 4 billion people in emerging markets, or 62 per cent of the population, can benefit from the access to mobile. Ten years ago, about a third of the mobile subscribers had a mobile internet subscription, today it is more than two thirds who are active mobile internet users, representing more than 2.6 billion people. This revolution in mobile access worldwide has impacted social systems and shifted the way people communicate and access to information, to an extent difficult to fully apprehend.

In 2013, access to the internet via mobile phones passed the point of parity with fixed broadband, and increasingly, mobile has become the entry port to the Internet for those covered by mobile broadband networks. In the 18 Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) surveyed by the GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey in 2018, an average of 57 per cent of respondents who had used the internet in the previous three months accessed it exclusively on a mobile phone. This reliance on mobile for internet was even higher in certain countries and regions – for example in Myanmar 94 per cent of respondents accessed the internet only on a mobile device.

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