According to International Telecommunications Union (ITU) around 1.1 billion people in the world had mobile internet connection by end of 2011 registering sharpest growth of all ICT sectors.
The agency said that number of mobile users in the world has reached six-billion mark registering an increase of 600 million.
“On the back of the increase in broadband services worldwide, the number of people using the Internet grew by 11 percent over the past year, i.e., 2.3 billion people,” the ITU said in its 2012 report on information and communication technologies (ICT).
The report said that China alone accounted for 1 billion subscriptions, and India is expected to hit the 1-billion mark this year. India along with China, Brazil and Mexico is among top 20 telecom markets globally in terms of revenue, according to report.
Internet connectivity prices in Africa were almost seven times higher than in America and 20 times higher than in Europe in 2011.
Macau, Norway and Singapore were considered the country’s that had the cheapest Internet connections to offer. Madagascar was at the bottom of that list, next to Togo and Niger.
“The figures highlight the important role developing countries are playing in terms of telecommunication revenues and investments, particularly during the recent economic crisis,” ITU said in a statement regarding the report. “Between 2007 and 2010, both telecom revenues and investment continued to grow by 22% in developing countries, whereas revenues stagnated in developed countries.”