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The Mobile Big Bang

The Mobile Big Bang

KANG Min-Hyung

July 30, 2010

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Originally released on June 16, 2010

1. The Effects of the Mobile Big Bang1

The world is ushering in a mobile era with an explosion in mobile internet use, which has been brought on by the global smartphone craze. As mobile phone manufacturers like Samsung Electronics and Apple are vying to put their high-performance smartphones on the market, one out of five people in the world is projected to have a smartphone by 2011. In just five years, the rate of smartphone users has grown from five out of every 100 to 20 out of every 100, showing the fastest growth out of fixed-line phones (31 years), the Internet (eight years) and mobile phones (six years). The global expansion of mobile devices including smartphones is also expected to bring about the exponential growth of mobile traffic. Mobile traffic has maintained an annual average growth of over 108%, and will ascend to 3.6 million TB (terabyte) by 2014, which is 39 times that of 2009.


1. The mobile big bang means the explosion in the use of mobile infrastructure, mobile devices and mobile services.

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