By 2015, the world expected to have 6.5 billion mobile subscribers with 290 million LTE users, predicts In-Stat.
In the 21st century, people are being empowered by mobile devices. Eighty-five percent of the world’s population now has mobile coverage, she said. Only 80 percent is on an electrical grid.
While the top four tech companies are American, there are several up-and-comers, especially from China.
Some 81 percent of Internet users are outside the U.S. Social-network use in the U.S.–when you look at time spent on social nets per user–is actually quite low. Israel and Argentina top the chart.
We are living through two technological breakouts, the growth of the Internet, and the mobile Internet, which Meeker sees as different.
Meeker says it’s a “special time,” as both these new technologies became, or are becoming, pervasive during recessions.
The social network, Meeker said, may be making the world, “safer than ever.” She said, “Authentic identity will be one of big topics in next 10 years.”
But global economics are uncertain and volatile. Meeker showed disturbing slides on the state of the U.S. (and global) economy. Sacrifice is needed, she says. “It’s often darkest before dawn.”