Food for thought - the rise of the mobile internet - Some latest Statistics

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From http://www.internetnews.com/stats/article.php/3810911/Daily+Mobile+Internet+Use+Doubles.htm

"The number of people using mobile devices to access news and information on the Internet more than doubled in the past year, according to figures released by market firm ComScore this week.

Young males are the most avid users of mobile news and information, according to Comscor (NASDAQ: SCOR), with half of 18-to 34-year-old males engaging in the activity. The mobile Internet is also quite popular among females in the 18 to 24-year-old demographic. The report covered January 2008 to January 2009."

http://www.admob.com/s/solutions/metrics shows the number of ad requests from Asia quadrupling over the year from dec 2007 to dec 2008 and the number of requests from Africa more than tripling.

From http://www.emasiamag.com/article-5219-computextaipeitowelcomenewmobileinternetage-Asia.html

"With the surge in worldwide subscribers for mobile Internet it is projected that the number of mobile internet subscribers will soon surpass 550 million and account for 39 percent of overall Internet users. And the number is expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2012, at which time it will account for 79 percent of overall Internet users."

Mobile surpasses traditional web in South Africa : http://www.matthewbuckland.com/?p=573 - actually shows that mobile internet connections are double traditional in South Africa.