Global internet usage via handsets doubles in January

6 Feb 2012

World internet usage via mobile devices – with the exception of tablet computers – has almost doubled to 8.5pc, up from 4.3pc last year, according to StatCounter.

StatCounter’s research arm StatCounter Global Stats has revealed that mobile use of mobile devices to access the internet have doubled year on year since 2009.

“While global internet usage through mobiles is still under 10pc, the pace of growth is remarkable,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter.

Growth of the mobile internet

Jan 2009: 0.7pc

Jan 2010: 1.6pc

Jan 2011: 4.3pc

Jan 2012: 8.5pc

Mobile device vendor data

In addition, new statistics regarding mobile operators shows that Nokia leads worldwide – most likely because of its dominance in India – as a device for accessing the internet.

Apple is second globally but leads the US and UK markets. In the UK, RIM is second only to Apple.

“Following repeated requests, we’ve decided to make our new mobile vendor stats publicly available,” said Cullen.

“As the mobile space is constantly evolving, we keep our detection under constant review.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to the detection project can submit feedback using the detect tool.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years