The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2022

Growth in mobile internet adoption continues and is nearly entirely driven by people living in low- and middle-income countries. Across the world, 55% of the population was using mobile internet at the end of 2021.

With 95% of the world’s population covered by a mobile broadband network, addressing the usage gap – the 40% of the global population covered by a mobile broadband network but not using the internet – is the main challenge. While important progress has been achieved in increasing internet adoption and usage, there is a growing digital divide between and within countries.

In The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity report 2022 we provide the mobile industry and other stakeholders with a comprehensive overview of the trends in global connectivity, as well as insights on key barriers to mobile internet adoption and use. It includes, for the first time, insight on mobile internet connectivity among adults and by income group, as well as an assessment of the situation in the Least Developed Countries. It is critical that we ensure no one is left behind in an increasingly connected world.

Further country-level data can be found in the GSMA Mobile Connectivity Index, a tool which measures the performance of 170 countries against the key enablers of mobile internet adoption: infrastructure; affordability; consumer readiness; and content and services. The Index was developed as part of the mobile industry’s commitment to drive mobile internet connectivity and accelerate digital inclusion.

 

State of mobile internet connectivity, by region

Click on a region to see the data

  • Global
  • East Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • South Asia
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • North America
  • Europe & Central Asia

Global

2014
2021
24 %
5 %

Coverage gap

45 %
40 %

Usage gap

31 %
55 %

Connected

East Asia

2014
2021
9 %
2 %

Coverage gap

50 %
30 %

Usage gap

41 %
68 %

Connected

Sub-Saharan Africa

2014
2021
50 %
17 %

Coverage gap

39 %
61 %

Usage gap

11 %
22 %

Connected

Latin America & Caribbean

2014
2021
16 %
3 %

Coverage gap

48 %
35 %

Usage gap

36 %
62 %

Connected

South Asia

2014
2021
44 %
5 %

Coverage gap

39 %
54 %

Usage gap

17 %
41 %

Connected

Middle East & North Africa

2014
2021
30 %
6 %

Coverage gap

45 %
48 %

Usage gap

25 %
46 %

Connected

North America

2014
2021
1 %
1 %

Coverage gap

46 %
16 %

Usage gap

53 %
83 %

Connected

Europe & Central Asia

2014
2021
7 %
2 %

Coverage gap

42 %
20 %

Usage gap

51 %
78 %

Connected

  • Global
  • East Asia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Latin America & Caribbean
  • South Asia
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • North America
  • Europe & Central Asia
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed
Mobile internet connectivity
3G, 4G & 5G
Download speeds
This graph shows the evolution of global mobile internet connectivity from 2014 to 2021, including the percentage of people connected, the coverage gap and the usage gap.
This graph shows the trend in 3G, 4G and 5G coverage from 2014 to 2021.
This graph shows the trend in download speed from 2014 to 2021.
Key:
Coverage gap
Usage gap
Connected
3G
4G
5G
Download speed

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