Every year the United Nations puts out a report on the growth of communications and information technology in the world. The 2013 report just came out, indicating that around 2.7 billion people, roughly 40% of the world’s population, will be connected to the World Wide Web by the end of this year. Of those who are not, it is because they live in developing countries that are not technologically advanced enough to support the technology.
“I’m definitely not surprised by the growth of the internet,” says High-Tech Texan Michael Garfield. “The users of internet technology have been growing faster than the users of radio and television technology from generations and generations ago.”
There will be 6.8 billion mobile phone subscriptions by the end of the year – almost as many as there are people on the planet.
“We’ve seen numbers grow of internet access so rapidly because of mobility. So many people get online now because of their smart phones,” says Garfield. “10-15 years ago we only got online because we had that wired desktop or that wired laptop. The fact is now everyone can whip out their smart phone as long as they’re in cell phone range, check their Facebook, send an email, do face-time and video.”
One of the surprising bits of information in the study is that the United States ranks 17th in the index of Information and Communication Technologies countries. South Korea is number one for the third consecutive year, followed by Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, and Norway.