Nokia: Majority of world accesses internet through a mobile
Tuesday 12th January 2010, by Daniel King
Mobile devices provide the majority of the world's 4.6 million mobile phone subscribers with their first and only access to the internet, according to Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.
He also believes that the rate of people signing up to use the internet on their handset is rapidly increasing - possibly at the expense of computer-based browsing.
Mr Kallasvup says: "In China, every month more than seven million people gain access to the internet for the first time and mostly on mobile devices. This trend shows no signs of slowing. The mobile device has become a necessity for upward mobility."
Ovi Mail - Nokia's mobile email service - has recorded more than five million new accounts in the last year.
With the service being designed for use by people whose first access to email is via a mobile device, it could be seen as an indicator of the growing number of people reliant on mobile broadband.
Mr Kallasvup also revealed his desire to see mobile technology help those in poorer parts of the world, stating: "We want to channel energy towards improving lives in the developing world."
Mobile broadband has helped to bring technology to deprived areas and, the expert asserts, will only increase in influence as smartphones becomes more popular in every corner of the globe over the next decade.
People in poorer areas of the UK could soon benefit from broadband access after prime minister Gordon Brown unveiled a £30 million project which would provide every home with a super-fast connection.