According to a Traffic and Market Report by Ericsson, 85 percent of the world will be covered by high-speed, broadband mobile internet. The Traffic and Market report, entitled “On the Pulse of the Networked Society,” posits that 85 percent of the world will be covered by 3G provided by satellite internet and other means, and that 50 percent of the world will be covered by 4G mobile networks. Other interesting data in the report include:
- There will be as many as 3 billion smartphone subscriptions in 2017
- Global data traffic will grow 15 times by the end of 2017
- More than 6.2 mobile subscriptions already exist
For many people across the world, access to internet through cables is not an option. In those areas, satellite internet companies like Exede and HughesNet, available through Mid America Satellite, use satellites pointed in the proper direction depending upon their location north or south to provide satellite internet connections. For those who cannot access these satellite internet options, mobile internet usage will be the only possible connection, thus the predicted increase of smartphone usage and the growth of 3G and 4G mobile networks.
Many of the areas without access to satellite internet for the home are in Asia. In America, companies like Exede and HughesNet use their southern-pointed satellites to fill in the gaps left open by other internet providers, such as cable and phone companies. These companies serve primarily rural areas outside of the service areas of larger cable and phone providers who also deal in internet services, but are available to those living in suburban and urban areas as well. As long as there is a view of the southern sky, these satellite internet connections should provide the same sort of access given by major internet providers.
Companies like these, and the growing mobile networks, will mean that in five years, the vast majority of the world will have internet access. This can only be a good thing.