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Asia Lags on Internet Despite Strong Mobile Growth

Asia is expected to continue maintaining a strong growth in the mobile market due to sustained demands from China and India — two of the world's largest mobile markets. However, "even if Asia is the world's largest broadband market in terms of absolute numbers, it lags the United States and Europe in overall penetration, with just 3.6 out of every 100 inhabitants connected to the high-speed Internet, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said in a report."

Also reported by Reuters today: "Every month, India adds 9 million new subscribers and more, which is higher than China. We hope the excitement will continue," said N.K. Goyal, president of consultant group Communications and Manufacturing Association of India. But if India is the world's fastest-growing mobile phone market with nearly 300 million subscribers, only 11 million people in the country have access to the Internet.

Read full story: Reuters

Related topics: Broadband, Mobile Internet, Telecom
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