The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2019

Tuesday 16 Jul 2019 | Connected Society | English | Global | Mobile access and use | Mobile for Development | Report | Research | State of the industry and trends |

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Please note, there is an updated version of The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report. Download the 2020 report and click on the button below to access all 2020 resources.

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The 2019 resources are listed below:

In 2018, almost 300 million people connected to mobile internet for the first time, bringing the total connected population to more than 3.5 billion people globally. For many of these individuals, mobile is the only method of accessing the internet, so growth in mobile internet adoption also drives digital inclusion, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Mobile internet connectivity is not, however, equitable; just over 40% of the LMIC population are connected, compared to almost 75% of the population in high-income countries. More than half the world’s population are therefore still unable to realise the social and economic benefits that mobile internet can enable.

This report accompanies the fourth annual update of the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index – a tool that measures the performance of 165 countries (representing 99% of the global population) against the key enablers of mobile internet adoption: infrastructure; affordability; consumer readiness; and content and services. Key findings from the Index are analysed in this report alongside other relevant data sources, including the GSMA Intelligence Consumer Survey 2018.

The authors hosted a webinar to discuss the major findings of the report and to provide a demo of the MCI web tool. Click here to watch the webinar recording.

MCI Blog Series:

  • Digital inclusion is not negotiable: Read blog
  • Mobile internet is a crucial component of digital societies: Read blog
  • How Africa is driving progress in global mobile internet connectivity: Read blog
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MCI Methodology

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Global Factsheet

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Sub-Saharan Africa Factsheet

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Middle East and North Africa Factsheet

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East Asia and Pacific Factsheet

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South Asia Factsheet