It is possible that the technological developments in 2013 will mean that every habitant on Planet Earth will have a mobile telephone, in spite of the warnings from ecologists, who are worried about the drastic environmental effects.
Some forward thinking experts believe that the number of mobile phone subscriptions will reach 7 billion, although 4.5 billion of them will not have Internet access.
A report published by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), adds that the number of mobile phone contracts estimated for the end of the year will exceed that already substantial figure.
ITU estimates that such details also mean that the global mobile phone trade market accounts for over 96%. It claimed that 2.7 billion people, or 39% of the world’s population, are going to have access to the World Wide Web by the end of 2013.
Notwithstanding this development, the report acknowledges that an estimated 4.5 billion people, or two thirds of the global population will continue to have no Internet access. The Internet is considered to be the largest and most valuable library in the world.
The world’s population increased from almost 1 billion in 1800, to over 6 billion in 2000, and on the 30th October 2011, it reached the 7 billion mark.
Broadband access accounts for 77% of industrialised countries and 31% in the developed world, although there is a scarcity of reports on the details and causes behind the lack of adequate technology in poorer nations.
Nor do they touch upon the elements highlighted by environmentalists regarding the technological pollution of the planet and its link to climate changes and ecosystem changes, in many cases concerning electronic waste accumulation and unfavourable policies or methods of dispatch.
ITU stressed that the most dynamic market lies in mobile broadband subscriptions because the 268 million subscribers in 2007 increased to 2.1 billion.
Regarding this point, companies with investments in this market are often worth millions, regardless of the competition between advertisements from different market leaders in telephone and communication.
For example, South Korean technology company Samsung, recently announced that it would invest US$110 million into Japanese firm Sharp Corporation to expand its supplier base and view solutions for making thinner, low-power consuming screens.
The official statement claimed that such business allowed them to get one step closer to one of the key Asian suppliers for US company Apple.
This agreement gives Samsung access to a 3% stake in the Japanese pioneer of television, combined with becoming a fundamental shareholder Sharp, and going into business with mobile chip-maker, Qualcomm, which they will invest up to US$120 million with in December.
Sharp had a bank bailout in October last year, but it has been able to recover due to financial support. The new and unusual agreement between two rival countries, from a commercial point of view, represents the first time a South Korean television manufacturer has worked with a Japanese firm.
The three largest producers of televisions in Japan are Sharp, Sony and Panasonic, each struggling to deal with financial losses, whilst Samsung are targeting overseas markets.
In spite of the fact that Sharp is one of the Samsung’s smallest suppliers, per economists evaluation, Sharp’s importance to the company revolves around the every increasing consumer demand for televisions screens over 60 inches.
However, this business deal may annoy Apple executives as it may affect the capacity of one of their manufacturing plants, which manufactures the iPad and the iPhone 5 (the most popular mobile phone at present) because Sharp is Apple’s second largest supplier, after LG Display.
Sharp was formed over a century ago, and has been dedicated to manufacturing high-resolution screen displays, much thinner than any others in the market. They require less back-light and consume up to one-tenth the energy of standard LCD screens, thus resulting in longer life batteries for phones and other devices that use them.
At the forefront
Therefore, sales of smartphones this year may alone reach the stratospheric figure of 11 billion handsets. This figure would indicate a growth of 28%, although this is 7% less than in 2012.
Such gadgets are at the core of human interest in today’s world and they come with handsome profits for manufacturing companies, who are in a constant struggle to make built-in applications, which provide the best and newest features every day.
Potentially, later this year the number of these devices may be very close to 2 billion.
Thus, the use of smartphones will increase but also there will be an increase in the customer demand for them to have basic functions such as voice calls, texts and pictures or videos, in order to be able to communicate amongst themselves.
In the United Kingdom 21% of smartphone users only used them for the Internet, to search and to access social networks like Facebook or Twitter.
However, research indicates that billions of home owners do not have data packages, and one in every five users will rarely connect to the Internet, maybe once a week, this year.
(Translated by Emma O’Toole)