Stat of the day: 15bn

The number of internet-connected phones and tablets there will be in 2015 - that's two for every person on earth

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
If you’re still holding out against getting a smart phone, it looks like you’ll be very much in the minority in a few years. According to forecasts by Cisco, in four years time there will be 15bn internet-connected devices or handsets in existence – two for every person worldwide. This includes tablets and smartphones, but also internet-connected televisions and even cars.

By 2015, 40% of the world’s population will be connected to the internet, and about 6% of internet traffic will come from tablets such as iPads – that’s more traffic than all network-connected devices generated in 2006. But critics have questioned whether the report is simply a ‘sales brochure.’ One blogger argues there’s an overlap between the people who prepare the forecast and those who sell Cisco’s hardware to service providers. Vested interest, anyone? 

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