Europe getting caught up in the mobile web

The number of people in Western Europe accessing Internet services using their mobile phone is predicted to reach 125 million by 2013, three times today’s figure. In some countries, including the UK, adoption will be even faster.

That will be driven by improved handset technology as devices with 3G and 3.5G technology become more popular and have better network coverage. In the UK, Italy, Austria and the Nordics, over 60% of people are expected to own a 3G or 3.5G handset by 2011.

Flat data tariffs, where users pay a set fee for access to the Internet rather than paying for each download, are also expected to enliven the mobile web, which to date has not been adopted as quickly as some expected.

“The mobile net is finally reaching a tipping point and is on the verge of entering the mass market,” says the report’s author, Pete Nuthall.

Further reading:

Mobile internet ready to explode in UK Handsets, networks and tariffs to push mobile web over the tipping point.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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