Mobile phone users hit nearly 5.3B in July, 67% of the World`s population
Although COVID-19 resulted in the biggest smartphone market downturn in history, the total number of mobile phone users continues to expand at a breakneck pace.
According to Stock Apps data, the number of people using mobile phones reached approximately 5.3 billion in July, accounting for 67% of the world's population.
When regions are considered, Europe by far has the biggest proportion of citizens who own mobile phones. 86% of Europeans have a mobile phone last year. By 2025, the European market's penetration rate is predicted to reach 87%.
North America was placed second, with approximately 85% of citizens owning a cell phone. Asia Pacific follows with a penetration rate of 58% in 2020. This statistic excludes, however, China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan. Greater China, which includes China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, had an 83% subscriber rate last year. In the next four years, this region's mobile phone adoption rate is expected to reach 85%.
Mobile Data Traffic Increased 68% Year on Year; Android Devices Now Account for 73% of Total Traffic.
The Hootsuite statistics indicated that the majority of users access mobile networks and the internet via smartphones. As of July, smartphones accounted for 6.4 billion of the world's 6.4 billion mobile connections, or 79% of all mobile connections. On the other hand, routers, tablets, and portable PCs accounted for only 3.8% of the market, totaling 310 million units.
The significant increase in smartphone users has been accompanied by an increase in mobile data traffic. Monthly average global mobile data traffic in the first quarter of 2019 was approximately 29 exabytes, or billions of gigabytes, including uploads and downloads. This sum nearly doubled to 45.16 billion throughout the next twelve months. According to statistics, global average monthly mobile data traffic reached 66 exabytes in the first quarter of 2021, a staggering 68% year-over-year growth.
Android devices accounted for about 73% of total data traffic, a decrease of 1.8% from the same period last year. With a market share of 26.3%, IoS devices came in second.
Additionally, the poll indicated considerable regional variations in the cost of mobile data. For instance, Greece was the most costly country in the world in July, charging $8.16 for 1GB of mobile data, more than double the global average of $4.07. UAE, New Zealand, and Canada followed with $7.62, $6.99, and $5.72, respectively.
Israel, Italy, and Russia were on the opposite end of the spectrum, with average mobile data costs of $0.05, $0.27, and $0.29, respectively. According to statistics, wealthy economies such as the United States and the United Kingdom are also less expensive than the worldwide average, with $3.33 and $1.42 for 1GB of mobile data, respectively.
Europe is the leading region in terms of mobile phone usage, with 86% of the population owning one.
Mobile phones and smartphones have fundamentally altered the way we communicate, allowing people to access the web much more easily and democratising online commerce. These conveniences aided in the impressive rise of the user base.
According to the Hootsuite and We Are Social Digital 2021 research, over 117 million individuals began using mobile phones in the last year, with the total number of users increasing by 2.3 percent.
When the total number of cellular connections is included, the figures become considerably greater. Between July 2020 and July 2021, over 670 million people began using cellular connectivity, including IoT, bringing the worldwide total to 10.4 billion.