Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ITU: "Internet bandwidth has grown exponentially over the last five years"

Some facts from the ITU's "The World in 2011 - ICT: Fact and Figures" (here):
  • One third of the world’s population is online
  • With 5.9 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions, global penetration reaches 87%, and 79% in the developing world
  • Mobile-broadband subscriptions have
    grown 45% annually over the last four years and today there are twice as many mobile-broadband as fixed broadband subscriptions
  • Of 1.8 billion households worldwide, one third have Internet access, compared to only one fifth
    five years ago
  • International Internet bandwidth, a key factor for providing high-speed Internet access to a growing number of Internet users has grown exponentially over the last five years, from 11’000 Gbit/s in 2006, to close to 80’000 Gbit/s in 2011 (see chart)
  • Advertised and real speeds can differ substantially. In some countries, regulatory authorities monitor the speed and quality of broadband services and oblige operators to provide accurate quality-of-service information to end users information to end users
For the last point see also "UK: Transparency for Unlimited and "up-to" Service Speeds" - here

1 comment:

  1. The growth does not appear "exponential" to me. The percentage of growth from year to year in the last five years appears to be declining. For it to be exponential, the percentage growth would be the same. Perhaps growth more accurately follows the logistic function.