The explosive adoption of tablet and Smartphone has accelerated the growth of mobile broadband subscribers across the globe. By the end of 2013, there would be 2.1 billion mobile broadband users, which equals one-third of the total mobile subscribers. According to the latest report by Broadband Commission for Digital Development, global mobile broadband subscribers are growing at a rate of 30%, annually. The trend is expected to continue in the next few years as mobile broadband subscribers are projected to touch 7 billion subscribers by 2018.

The contribution of 4G subscribers to mobile broadband penetration is expected to stay low. By 2017, there would be 864 million mobile subscribers using 4G as the prime internet mobile network.

Mobile Broadband Penetration 2013

Mobile broadband penetration has reached an optimum level in many countries. Singapore, Japan, Finland, Republic of Korea and Sweden have more than 100 connections per capita. With 96.2 Australia is close to achieving 100 connections per capita. Local broadband service providers in these countries have played a crucial role in achieving higher penetration. As an example, Jiva offers unlimited broadband plans in Australia and similar arrangements have been done by various network providers in other countries.

“The new analysis in this year’s report shows progress in broadband availability, but we must not lose sight of those who are being left behind,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun I. Touré, who serves as co-Vice Chair of the Commission with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

However, other countries in Asia have presented a disappointing show. Hong Kong and New Zealand though, have achieved 73% and 65% penetration respectively, but countries like China and India lag much behind with 17% and 7% – in spite of being the largest countries by mobile subscribers.

The infrastructure growth in South Korea has been commendable. Between 2004 and 2010, the country laid down 100 Mbps broadband convergence network that helped the country to reach the highest household broadband penetration at over 97%.

By 2015, internet penetration is estimated to reach to 60% worldwide. It’s interesting to learn that now there are 70 countries, where over 50% of the population uses the internet. Interestingly, eight out of top 10 countries using the internet are from Europe.

Source: The State Of Broadband Report, 2013

  • batouchu

    tomvucic emphasis on technical. You don’t need half a brain to understand why a mobile ISP is investing in 4G.

  • Mr_Babbage

    tomvucic I suggest you read either a physics/telecomms textbook before really commenting on this… Understanding matters. SenatorLudlam

  • tomvucic

    batouchu My knowledge of financial markets and events occurring in mobile & tech sectors! Major US carriers all investing billions in 4G

  • denntian

    AshGhebranious well I cant see his logic, Im a swing voter and Im swinging hard away from Abbrortt & his annoying supporters

  • batouchu

    tomvucic with which technical expertise exactly?

  • tomvucic

    batouchu Arguing a point!

  • batouchu

    tomvucic HamboCairns denntian edhusicMP SenatorLudlam AlboMP Not sure if trolling or trying to argue a point

  • Thought4rce

    tomvucic tnsprofpunter z3n_digital billkinn CliveFPalmer Your link mentions Sth Korea as highest BBand penetration who’re going FTTH!

  • CybrarianPete

    tomvucic You should really use up to date data. Cisco VNI 2012-2017 revises the forecasts downwards. Only 4.7EB for 2015 #nbn #auspol

  • tomvucic

    HamboCairns denntian edhusicMP SenatorLudlam AlboMP
    Explosive growth in mobile traffic data!
    #auspol #nbn http://t.co/NBKqzcowxO

  • tomvucic

    HamboCairns denntian edhusicMP SenatorLudlam AlboMP Cisco forecasts are known for their ACCURACY! #nbn #auspol http://t.co/rj2RSUmfax

  • tomvucic

    HamboCairns denntian edhusicMP SenatorLudlam AlboMP #nbn is obsolete! Wireless is the future. http://t.co/wiSemtRilI

  • LubedUpNoob

    tomvucic brassrazoogroup you still banging on about Turnbull’s #fraudband? #auspol

  • HamboCairns

    tomvucic I wouldn’t be surprised. The guy is a clown and a yes man. denntian edhusicMP SenatorLudlam AlboMP #nbn

  • AshGhebranious

    denntian I think Tom’s purpose is just that. To get in our face and get us angry while the Abbott wankers destroy the NBN . Same as climate

  • denntian

    tomvucic MarkCampbellAU Tom I think I will stop tweeting with u, u lost my interest when u start calling ABS facts bullshit #nbn

  • endbit

    tomvucic denntian The CEO is not proposing wireless Tom because he’s not a complete moron.

  • endbit

    tomvucic denntian Still holding onto the delusion that fibre is obsolete Tom, even when you’ve been shown you’re wrong time and again.

  • tomvucic

    MarkCampbellAU denntian Why would ABS wireless data contradict Telstra 4G & international data? #nbn #auspol edhusicMP SenatorLudlam

  • tomvucic

    MarkCampbellAU denntian Yes I know. ABS data contradicts international data. Who is bullshitting? #nbn #auspol

  • MarkCampbellAU

    tomvucic denntian Tom, the ABS say you’re wrong.
    http://t.co/bQ18fvtycN
    Fixed line traffic shits on wireless and wireless decreased

  • tomvucic

    denntian Yes. Look at the latest international data on 4G LTE wireless traffic data. It’s overwhelming! #auspol #nbn

  • denntian

    tomvucic I might b wrong on this but I dont think the new #nbn CEO has wireless as replacement for fixed which means he doesnt agree wit u

  • denntian

    tomvucic wow I provide some evidence from ABS & all u can do is call bias. Ur bias for wireless is obvious, tweet after tweet #nbn

  • tomvucic

    denntian Don’t be surprised if Ziggy comes out with announcement – fibre is OBSOLETE. #auspol #nbn edhusicMP SenatorLudlam AlboMP

  • tomvucic

    denntian Your bias is probably affecting your ability to think rationally. But don’t worry, new #nbn CEO knows that future is wireless.

  • denntian

    MontagueCat tomvucic I found that on ABS website & fixed usage is growing, wireless isn’t it shrunk a little (if I read that right) #nbn

  • denntian

    MontagueCat tomvucic data downloaded by fixed broadband accounted for 96% of all internet downloads in the three months ended 30Jun13 #nbn

  • tomvucic

    denntian wireless broadband will become ubiquitous.

  • denntian

    tomvucic we have 4 tablets/iPhones in our home, but we run fixed to a wireless router, but still req fixed to run a private wifi setup #nbn

  • denntian

    tomvucic both wireless & fibre will get faster & faster but I did read that the spectrum for wireless is far less than fibre optics #nbn

  • denntian

    tomvucic both wireless & fibre will get faster & faster but I did read that the spectrum for wireless is far far less than fibre optics

  • denntian

    tomvucic I would think the future would look like fibre backbone, 4G everywhere & fibre to schools, hospitals, business & home #nbn

  • denntian

    tomvucic I use 3G & fixed alot but for vry diff things, from my exp wit 3G in public places like train stations congestion it dies #nbn

  • bradhill_

    tomvucic Vast majority of it is NOT for wireless basestations. Most new 4G basestations are at existing sites.

  • hateabbott

    brassrazoogroup tomvucic Have you forgotten Tones SLASHED funding to the CSIRO!!

  • tomvucic

    brassrazoogroup All you need to do is google – ‘wireless broadband traffic data 2013’
    It’s there for all to see! #nbn #auspol

  • tomvucic

    brassrazoogroup Do some reading on all those technologies. #NBN fibre cables will follow landlines to obsolescence! #auspol

  • tomvucic

    bradhill_ Thanks for telling me something I already know. Telstra 4G such a huge success, laying extra fibre to boost service! #nbn #auspol

  • bradhill_

    tomvucic brassrazoogroup Thousands of kilometers of fibre are being laid in australia each week – even WITHOUT #nbn.

  • tomvucic

    bradhill_ brassrazoogroup That’s why Google etc scrambling for wireless assets! #auspol #nbn and cables are part of the past already!

  • brassrazoogroup

    tomvucic bradhill_
    So long

  • tomvucic

    bradhill_ brassrazoogroup Cloud, big data, location, wearable’s, Internet of Things, mobility, wireless – all converging! #nbn is obsolete

  • MontagueCat

    tomvucic denntian Exactly what I am saying.Majority of people only uses email and google,and want mobility.

  • tomvucic

    MontagueCat denntian Kevin, have a look at traffic data mobile device, wireless. Why r tablets outselling PC’s? #nbn is obsolete. #auspol

  • bradhill_

    tomvucic brassrazoogroup To make money you idiot…

  • brassrazoogroup

    tomvucic
    Core, distribution and edge. All vital parts of the network contributing to providing service delivery. 4G is no panacea. #NBN

  • MontagueCat

    tomvucic denntian Amazing that people believe technology stands still.

  • Wobbly_one

    brassrazoogroup tomvucic Of course. lol. But they’ve got an army of tweeters justifying all their crap and promising more. Shitodear.

  • MontagueCat

    denntian tomvucic Nonsense, I use 4g for business as well as HFC.

  • Wobbly_one

    tomvucic Think I heard Telstra had a big sale in last cuppla daze. Is that right?

  • tomvucic

    brassrazoogroup why would Google & Microsoft buy mobile phone manufacturers? #nbn #auspol

  • MontagueCat

    denntian tomvucic What do you think the majority of people use internet for?

  • brassrazoogroup

    Wobbly_one tomvucic
    Correction – The coaster was sodden with expensive, taxpayer funded, award winning Australian wine FWIW
    #auspol

  • tomvucic

    Wobbly_one How many customers does Telstra 4G have? Compare that to pathetic #nbn number! #auspol

  • Wobbly_one

    tomvucic brassrazoogroup I recall that being said way back in the beer coaster planning days. How can they get away with their mayhem?

  • tomvucic

    brassrazoogroup #NBN is a serious waste of money. Nobody will be using cables in 5yrs time. It’s like bringing back landlines! #auspol

  • tomvucic

    brassrazoogroup I am telling you the truth.

  • brassrazoogroup

    tomvucic
    If only light would travel faster. C’mon #CSIRO – you guys must be up for a challenge.

  • tomvucic

    brassrazoogroup #nbn is already obsolete. Fibre cable is being dumped because of latency issues. It’s too slow! #auspol

  • brassrazoogroup

    tomvucic denntian
    Tom – definitely a place for Fibre – remember #Turnbull promised subsidies against DIY projects.

  • tomvucic

    denntian Christian, wireless will replace everything completely in near future. Many technologies converging with mobility. #nbn obsolete

  • MarkCampbellAU

    tomvucic davo6253 OK if you only need a couple of GB per month. My software updates chew nearly that

  • MarkCampbellAU

    tomvucic davo6253 At $!00 per GB over cap, it *should* be profitable. And that’s just one reason why 4G won’t take over

  • denntian

    tomvucic wireless is great for casual use on the move but u cant rely on it for large important tasks, congestion kills it at anytime #nbn

  • denntian

    tomvucic wireless is great for casual use on the move but u cant rely on it for large important tasks, congestion kills it at anytime.

  • denntian

    tomvucic I only partially agree, 4G has its place to complement fibre #nbn, not replace, hospitals, schools, & most business are not mobile

  • denntian

    tomvucic I only partially agree, 4G has its place to complement fibre, not replace, hospitals, schools, & most bus are not mobile.

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 Fibre cables already being dumped because of latency issues – http://t.co/tR9SwpNnnY #nbn is obsolete. #auspol

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 No matter, #nbn will bleed customers to wireless broadband. It will go broke in its current form. Telstra 4G already huge success

  • davo6253

    tomvucic those quotes are from http://t.co/KgonQctS8l the article you linked me

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 The poor sod is going to have to re-write NBNmyths a second time now. Everything re-written totally wrong again! #auspol

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 nbnmyths is obsolete just like #nbn. Source article states 4G doesn’t work – but Telstra builds a very profitable 4G network.

  • davo6253

    tomvucic From your report, it states quite clearly fixed lines are needed and that wireless is limited in bandwidth http://t.co/S4KwfvoAFW

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 the link is 3 yrs old. Compare that dated information to this – http://t.co/XBPOMKqvTi #nbn #auspol

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 MarkCampbellAU quoting from NBNMyths? Too funny! Do you know that website had to be re-written. Information was dated! #nbn

  • AshGhebranious

    tomvucic You and Turnbull think the internet is just about youtube and email. You wire the whole house. davo6253 MarkCampbellAU #NBN

  • AshGhebranious

    tomvucic You cant take a 80cm screen. mobile davo6253 MarkCampbellAU #nbn

  • davo6253

    tomvucic MarkCampbellAU read this. provide evidence if you believe any statement is false http://t.co/PoKeDxh4hq

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 MarkCampbellAU Funny thing is you all pump out the same objections. All have been proven to be wrong. #nbn

  • liarabbott

    tomvucic davo6253 You’ve been spouthing this wireless crap for days, yet you find no friends, because the truth is, wifi is not up to it!

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 So because of contention ratios 4G won’t work in Oz. But it works fine everywhere else. No ‘contention issues’ #nbn #auspol

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 Even with working commercial examples of very fast wireless broadband the #nbn fruit loops trot out contention ratios. #auspol

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 Contention ratios? The same old #nbn BS being repeated. Nobody mentions pico cells!

  • davo6253

    tomvucic MarkCampbellAU The only BS that is being pumped is your non-sensical wireless mantra. Please go read about CONTENTION RATIOS

  • Boydo43

    vstromoz tomvucic 4CThinking u are a complete ignoramus labelling lefties dole dependant,.LNP will be dead and buried 2016 Abbott in jail

  • vstromoz

    tomvucic 4CThinking Mate the leftie braindead whitlamkid welfare dependent tweeters are unrepresentative of Australia. Viva LNP. #auspol

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking So you don’t care about abcnews bias? Only bias from newscomauHQ upsets you? #auspol

  • 4CThinking

    tomvucic I don’t have to explain anything. I’ll leave you to your conspiracy theorists and fantasists in News sheltered workshop #auspol

  • liarabbott

    tomvucic 4CThinking abcnews Did Newscorpse report the court case against TonyAbbottMHR &his slush fund to get rid of one nation #auspol

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking You can’t explain abcnews bias but get worked up by bias in other media? #auspol

  • 4CThinking

    tomvucic Tell that to your mates at News. This is just part of News unrelenting targeting of Gillard, but don’t see her there #auspol

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking abcnews Journalists should report facts! Not ignore them! #auspol

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking it’s a police prosecution. There was a fraud & breach of fiduciary duty. Just a few FACTS that abcnews missed. #auspol

  • liarabbott

    tomvucic 4CThinking abcnews It’s a police investigation, let the police do their job, and report it if it become a court case #auspol

  • 4CThinking

    tomvucic Don’t know as I don’t work for ABC. Given their barracking, you should take News reporting of matter with grain of salt #auspol

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking It’s a simple question.

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking It’s a court case! ROFL Why isn’t abcnews reporting the event? ROFL #auspol

  • 4CThinking

    tomvucic Haven’t noticed any selective reporting by NEWS then? LOL abcnews #auspol

  • 4CThinking

    tomvucic Plenty of ppl have been trying to make that one fly for years. As with all court cases, let justice take its course #auspol

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking NEWS is reporting of a particular court case taking place in Melbourne. According to abcnews, nothing happening. #auspol

  • 4CThinking

    MarkCampbellAU News Corp trash is like a turd in a salad – best pushed to the side, and definitely not to be consumed tomvucic #auspol

  • tomvucic

    4CThinking abcnews Is there are court case underway in Melbourne? #auspol

  • MarkCampbellAU

    4CThinking tomvucic http://t.co/SMmMarpdw2 crashes my browser and takes forever to load all their advertisements

  • 4CThinking

    tomvucic No, you sound much more like a News Corp, Current Affair and Radio Moron sort of guy MarkCampbellAU abcnews #auspol

  • tomvucic

    MarkCampbellAU Have abcnews reported on it? Court case is presently underway. I don’t waste my time with ABC news. #auspol

  • MarkCampbellAU

    tomvucic The union rort one? That’s the only one I know abut

  • tomvucic

    MarkCampbellAU Have u heard anything about Gillard being involved in a major court case? abcnews have been ignoring developments #auspol

  • tomvucic

    MarkCampbellAU Maybe that’s ur problem. They pump so much BS about #NBN and completely ignore what’s really happening -> wireless! #auspol

  • MarkCampbellAU

    AshGhebranious tomvucic davo6253 I listen to the ABC on my wireless

  • AshGhebranious

    tomvucic hahahaha how small is the mircowave spectrum? You cant make physics obsolete. Just the phones themselves #NBN davo6253

  • liarabbott

    tomvucic davo6253 CliveFPalmer and what it dies the backbone of these wireless networks run on. I’ll give you one guess! #nbn

  • liarabbott

    tomvucic davo6253 show me gigabit wireless that will run at gigabit speeds under load, and i might consider your argument plausable

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 CliveFPalmer Other examples – SoftBank takeover of Sprint, Sprint takeover of Clearwire, AT&T attempt at T Mobile. #nbn obsolete

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 CliveFPalmer Level of money being invested in wireless dwarfs fibre. One example is Verizon’s $130b deal with Vodafone

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 Because of consumer demand for mobile devices, investment is pouring into wireless. This in turn drives innovation. #nbn obsolete

  • AshGhebranious

    tomvucic Countries are moving to fibre landline connections for speed, reliability and data traffic load #NBN davo6253 CliveFPalmer

  • AshGhebranious

    tomvucic Oh Please. Mobility can not handle the data load and would be vastly expensive per gigabyte moved davo6253 CliveFPalmer #auspol

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 CliveFPalmer Trend only became obvious in 2013. Mobility, wireless tech is the future. #nbn is a huge mistake! #auspol

  • tomvucic

    davo6253 the entire world is making a rapid shift to mobile technology. #nbn is already obsolete. http://t.co/XBPOMKqvTi

  • davo6253

    tomvucic tnsprofpunter z3n_digital billkinn CliveFPalmer http://t.co/5l63vcqS7G alot of countries building FTTH… they all wrong too?

  • liarabbott

    tomvucic tnsprofpunter z3n_digital billkinn CliveFPalmer facts are that 4G is not up to being the solution, END OF STORY #NBN #auspol

  • tomvucic

    tnsprofpunter z3n_digital billkinn CliveFPalmer Stop sprout #nbn propaganda about mobile towers needed & stick with facts! #auspol

  • tnsprofpunter

    tomvucic z3n_digital billkinn CliveFPalmer how many mobile towers do you want to build? It’s only part of the solution