ITU:Six billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide and still growingListen /
More than a third of the world's population is now connected to the Internet, according to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
In its annual Measuring the Information Society Report, which tracks development in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry, the ITU says 86 out of every 100 people worldwide are mobile phone subscribers.
The ITU report ranks South Korea as the world's most advanced ICT economy, followed by Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland.
Susan Teltscher is the Head of ICT data and Statistics division of ITU.
"The growth rates for mobile broadband have been at 40 per cent over the last year and this has definitely made a big difference because most of the growth is coming from the developing countries, where the services have not been available until recently. We have now for the first time, in our report looked at four year time span from 2008 to 2011 during which we have monitored prices of ICT services and we have found there was a 30 per cent drop in the price of ICT services over that time period. The drop has been highest in developing countries. So a combination of increasing availability of services and more affordable services because the prices have dropped are key contributing factors to this growth."