Almost half of the world’s population – 3.8 billion people – are using mobile internet. This continues to grow, with an additional 250 million people connecting for the first time in 2019. For many citizens, mobile is their only means of accessing the internet, helping to unlock significant and life-enhancing knowledge, products and services.
However, 44 per cent of the global population are not using mobile internet services despite living within the footprint of a broadband network. Those in low- and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected, and COVID-19 has reinforced the impacts of the digital divide, with the unconnected – who tend to be poorer, have lower levels of education, and live in rural areas – less able to mitigate the economic and social disruptions to their lives. Connecting the unconnected is therefore more important than ever.
In this webinar, we discussed the findings of the GSMA’s new State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2020, including:
• Trends in mobile internet adoption and in the coverage and usage gaps (globally and regionally)
• Trends in the affordability of mobile services and handsets
• The gender gap and the rural-urban mobile internet connectivity gap
• Insights from the GSMA Intelligence consumer survey, including barriers to mobile internet adoption and use from a consumer perspective.
• Plus a demonstration of the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index (MCI) web tool, which measures the performance of 170 countries against the key enablers of mobile internet adoption: infrastructure; affordability; consumer readiness; and content and services.
The full report can be downloaded from: www.gsma.com/somic.