ITU StatShot – December 2012 – The World of ICTs

Our latest ITU StatShot overview of the global technology landscape shows that by the beginning of 2012 there were seven countries where mobile cellular penetration topped 200% (an average of over 2 mobile phone subscriptions for each man, woman + child)!

China is the first country in the world to surpass one billion subscriptions, and India is close on its heels. Annual tech/comms sector revenues have reached USD 1.5 trillion (2.4% of global GDP), and exports of ICT goods represent 12% of global merchandise trade. Between 2008 + 2011, the relative price of ICT services dropped by 30%. But two thirds of under-25 year olds – or almost two billion young people – are not yet online.