The International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that 3.2 billion people, or 44% of the world’s population, will have access to the Internet in 2016 with mobile Internet accounting for over two billion.
Out of this number, more than 2 billion will be using mobile devices to access the Internet.
According to the IT market intelligence provider, China, India, and Indonesia are leading the way in Internet accessibility and will account for almost half of the gains in access globally over the course of the next five years.
The combination of lower-cost devices and inexpensive wireless networks are making accessibility easier in countries with populations that could not previously afford them.
The total number of mobile Internet users is forecast to rise at a pace of 2% annually through 2020 “Over the next five years global growth in the number of people accessing the Internet exclusively through mobile devices will grow by more than 25% per year while the amount of time we spend on them continues to grow. This change in the way we access the Internet is fueling explosive growth in mobile commerce and mobile advertising”, Scott Strawn, Program Director, Strategic Advisory Service says.