In this issue they analyzed the main global trends observed in worldwide mobile phone subscribers, people online and the gender divide, as well as penetration by geographic regions.
Mobile Phone Subscriptions in 2013
The newsletter says data shows between 2005 and 2013 the number of mobile-cellular subscribers in the world has grown from 2,205 million to the current 6,835 million, according to ITU.
The Internet continues to grow, ITU reports 2,749 million Internet users for 2013Q1. By world regions, the estimates given by ITU are the following:
- Africa, 140 million users.
- Arab States, 141 million users.
- Asia & Pacific, 1,269 million users.
- CIS, 145 million users.
- Europe, 467 million users.
- The Americas, 582 million users.
These figures seem a bit low but it is believed that the numbers might go up once more recent statistics come in from individual countries. The detailed Internet growth stats 1995 to 2013 are available here.
Internet Gender Divide
The current 2,749 million estimated Internet users present a gender divide that is more evident in the less developed countries where more men use the Internet compared to women. In the developed world, there are only 2% fewer women than men using the Internet. In contrast, in the developing world, 16% fewer women than men use the Internet. data available about this country is scarce. The Internet Usage page features a graph and more detailed information.
Enrique de Argaez says right now IWS (Internet World Stats) is collecting and processing Facebook subscriber data for first quarter of 2013. This information will be the subject of their next newsletter, with more stats.
ICT Data and Statistics Division,
Telecommunication Development Bureau,
International Telecommunication Union,
Place des Nations,
1211 Geneva 20 - Switzerland.