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If I were the verge I would have put a big EXCLUSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! in the title, but i’m not. You got lucky!

This month In May (yes i first started this article in May, then other projects got in the way and i had to re-prioretize everything) for the first time mobile web usage has reached 10%, but what i found relevant is the fact that since 2010 the desktops usage kept shrinking more and more each month (and the path is accellerating).
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Looking Deeper

If we look at local market we find that the mobile usage has its pick in (you could never bet it) Zimbabwe at more than 58%, not in US, not in Europe, not in Japan, but in Africa.

And the list continues that way:

58.06% – Zimbabwe

57.89% – Nigeria

48.24% – India

45.32% – Sudan

44.24% – Zambia

42.77% – Uzbekistan

35.66% – Laos

35.48% – Malawi

34.05% – Brunei

27.68% – Libya

To keep things in perspective UK (the best in europe) is at 10.71% and USA is at 8.61%.

Shocked? Me too.

What does it mean?

That does not mean that they have more mobile usage than the most developed country in the world in absolute, it’s relative to their population.

Let’s dive in some raw data about the population of each of them:

  • Zimbabwe 12,619,600 people (July 2012 est.)
  • U.S.A. 313,847,465 people (July 2011 est.)
  • UK 63,047,162 people (July 2011 est.)

[These are the most recent data that i found unfortunately.]

Let’s compare them:

  • In Zimbabwe there are more than 7 million people with mobile internet access
  • In USA there are 27 million people with mobile internet access
  • In UK there are almost 7 million people with mobile internet access


To make it even more understandable suppose that all these 3 countries had the same population: 100 million. The population with mobile internet access would be:

  • Zimbabwe: 58.060.000
  • USA: 8.610.000
  • UK: 10.710.000

What I read: It means that they didn’t have computers because they couldn’t afford it, but now they have ehough money to buy electronic devices and instead of traditional pcs they’re buying smartphones and tablets and they use them massively to surf the web.

IT companies should focus more on these new growing markets if they want a long term - worldwide - success.

The data btw is unbeliavable.

1.If felt like i had to quote this. From the population page of Zimbabwe:

note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected

So sad. I still believe in a fair future, free from curses like AIDS and Cancer. If you haven’t donated yet, please do so.


People with Internet Access:

  • Zimbabwe -> 58.06% of 12,619,600 is 7.32693976 × 10^6
  • USA -> 8.61% of 313,847,465 is 2.70222667365 × 10^7
  • UK -> 10.71% of 63,047,162 is 6.7523510502 × 10^6

Let me know if I got anything wrong. And as usual feedback is appreciated.

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Valentino Urbano



Valentino Urbano

iOS Developer, Swift, Writer, Husband

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