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As many other types of technologies, the mobile internet is currently going through a major and boosted transformation, mainly due to the new collective habits involving social distance and staying at home.
The mobile broadband or wireless can technically be defined by those portable internet connections that use the spectrum of 225MHz to 3700 MHz frequencies, according to the Federal Communication Center (FCC). However, most internet carriers are used to mention the “mobile broadband” term as just any general connection for portable devices.
In each decade, approximately, the mobile network industry launches a new technology or wireless generation, improving speeds, structure, bandwidth and coverage. 1G systems was, then, followed by 2G, 3G, 4G and reached the 5G network services, that are currently the most advanced mobile connection being practiced all around the world.
The mobile internet usage has been increasing for more than 20 years. Although many of the revolutionary technologies that show up in this timeline changed how wireless impact society and how people relate to mobile devices (tablets, smartphones, etc.), some of the evolutions are based on analog creations.
To observe in retrospect and look up for future trends, here are some important data and highlights of the mobile internet history:
As the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) says, there were four times more mobile subscriptions than fixed telephone lines by the end of 2010 in the world. ITU is a United Nations specialized agency formed in 1865 and currently based in Switzerland.
By them, the 2G systems were transitioning to the 3G technology, also including the use of 2.5G networks. It was the initial steps of a vast and high-quality internet service for cellular phones. To have an idea, 1G have become available in the 1980s and 2G by the end of the 1990s.
In 2000, before the 3G possibility was even real, it was created the International Mobile Telephone 2000, a project which goal was to provide 144 Kbps mobile speeds. ITU was part of this team that needed for 3G standards and later would reach it.
According to the ITU, in this year there were 9 in each 10 people on the planet that could count with a 2G mobile phone service. 45% of global population was living on places in which both 2G and 3G were available. By the end of 2011, the data traffic on mobiles doubled. This usage and coverage rates denote how fast the mobile internet systems grew in general.
At the end of this year, there were about 1.5 billion mobile internet users. Of course, including all kinds of services: portable satellite internet service providers, radio, etc.
- 2 in every 3 people in the world have a mobile phone, being 3/4 smartphones.
- 92.6% of internet users go online through mobile devices.
- 84% of American residents use mobile phone internet.
- About 5 billion unique mobile users in the world.
- Mobile traffic share in the global web traffic is 52.6%
Other than that, the e-commerce is a huge responsible for the mobile increase in the world. About 69% of internet users prefer to consult online reviews on their cell phones than asking something to a physical store employee.
As behaviors in the general routine like this change, the industries also apply updates in their business. The voice and face recognition are other types of technologies that contribute directly to the portable internet usage timeline. We should expect to see each day more newness in this area, as each day we get more digital and tech-based to solve problems.
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Written By: Erika Yukari