75% OF WORLD POPULATION HAS MOBILE PHONES”
A new report done by World Bank and infoDev revealed that three quarters of the world’s population or 75 percent inhabitants on the earth have access to mobile phone. This means that mobile communications is now entering a new and bigger level.
As the population of mobile users becomes more diverse so do the ways in which they use their phones. The report found that over 30 billion apps for mobile phones were downloaded in 2011. The number of mobile phone subscriptions amounts to over 6 billion, while 5 billion out of total count come from developing markets showing that people of developing countries are using mobile phone devices for other purposes than basic calling, texting and for communication too. Which says is not so much about the phone but how it is used.
The number of subscriptions, World Bank noted, had increased by 5 billion over the last 12 years since 2000 when we had fewer than 1 billion mobile subscriptions. It also said that in 2011 alone, around 30 billion applications were downloaded worldwide.
World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development Rachel Kyte said that:
“Mobile communications offer major opportunities to advance human and economic development – from providing basic access to health information to making cash payments, spurring job creation, and stimulating citizen involvement in democratic processes, The challenge now is to enable people, businesses, and governments in developing countries to develop their own locally-relevant mobile applications so they can take full advantage of these opportunities.”
Developing world has more mobile phone users than the developed world. In Pakistan, mobile phone subscribers are counted as over 120 million showing that people are getting more and more involved in the ‘mobile revolution’.