According to a United Nations’ reports the mobile phones subscriptions worldwide have grown to its highest of 60% from only under 15% by 2002, these means that in every 10 people 6 of them owned a mobile handset. Amazingly these trends have come from poor developing countries worldwide. In which, I believe Nokia’s low-priced cellphones have something to do with this mobile phone enormous growth, looking in how well they compete even on super low-price China phones. Knowing Nokia, they have the capacity and logistics to handle that kind of competition worldwide. Despite mobile phones have massively loved by peoples, wired home phones have increased at a slower rate, from 1 billion in 2002 to 1.27 billion in 2009, meaning cellular phones outnumber direct-wired phones in excess of 3:1.
The internet usage from 2002’s 11% have doubled to 23% by 2008, which means in poor countries there’s about 1 in 20 peoples have internet connections, while in rich countries the broadband services has increase 20% in market penetration, this internet advancement will be led by South Korea which getting nation-wide Gigabit broadband by 2012. Mobile broadband also contributes with this fast development with 3% of people worldwide having it on average, compared to 14% in rich countries. While in Myanmar there’s a cited 90% decline in internet usage due to militaristic government, shutting down internet connections and bloggers jailed for published content.
U.N. reports also ranked countries based on their information and communication technology (ICT) developments, that most advance countries are mostly from Northern Europe, with Sweden tops the new ITU(International Telecommunication Union) ICT development index, followed by the Republic of Korea, Denmark, the Netherlands, Iceland, and Norway.
Despites some countries are known for their ICT advancements like U.S.(which ranked 17th place), Hong Kong at 11th, China at 73rd and India at 118th place, these following countries ranks is affected by their large populations and poor rural areas.
These technological developments may lead us for another humankind “big step”, making our life easier and convenient. Still we should be cautious enough to handle the responsibility and therefore using this technology in a right way.