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04-Oct-2012

UN Broadband Report shows increased Mobile Internet Usage

The UN has just released the results of their broadband report – ‘The State of Broadband 2012’ – which ranks 177 countries according a number of factors including access to the internet, broadband policies and speed. Good Broadband access can help countries develop. Domain names are an essential part of the Internet but without broadband infrastructure to get people online, they can become difficult to access!

Even the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the importance of Internet Infrastructure, referring to Broadband as a:

“transformative technology that has the potential to spark advances across all three pillars of sustainable development: economic prosperity, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.”

Sources: ITU, Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2012; World Telecommunication/ICT Regulatory Database.

There has been a vast increase in the number of users accessing the Internet via Mobile. Mobile Subscriptions hit 6 billion earlier this year. Take advantage of this new user base with a free mobile site to take advantage of this traffic! The Online Economy in the G20 nations, according to estimations from the Boston Consulting Group, has grown to $2.3 Trillion. That represents over 4.1% of the GDP from those nations. Domain names are central to the development of the Internet and will remain an essential part of the network as long as the Internet exists.

The report also contains a number of policy recommendations for governments to take on board. They range from ensuring lots of the mobile spectrum is available to ensure that the demand for mobile data can be met, to encouraging local content to be produced in local languages, such as when you're using a country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) for a relevant nation.

So where does Broadband have the highest penetration? Per 100 inhabitants, Liechtenstein has the most subscriptions, with 71.6 subscriptions per 100 people. The Netherlands (.nl domain name) are ranked number 4 with 38.7 subscriptions per 100 people. If you’ve got a .co.uk domain name you should be pleased to hear that there are 32.7 broadband subscriptions for every 100 UK inhabitants. The UK is ranked 12th in the world for Fixed Broadband Penetration. The USA (.us domain name) are ranked 18th, with 28.7 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. Asian nations dominate the top of the table when it comes to Mobile Broadband, with Singapore, Korea and Japan taking the top 3 spots. The USA and the UK fill places 8 and 9 respectively.

There’s no doubt that Broadband is an important infrastructure development for any nation. Continuing to increase Broadband availability globally is a priority, as we are all aware of the economic and social benefits the Internet can bring!