More mobiles than people worldwide by the end of 2012, predicts new IET president

More mobile devices than people by the end of 2012

The IET’s new president says by the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in the world than people.

Dr Mike Short also predicts that China and India will each have more than one billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012. Dr Short will make the claims during his inaugural address at the IET in London tonight. He is the IET’s 136th president.

With the current global population being around seven billion, Dr Short says the uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year.

“Right now there are more mobile phones than toothbrushes. Unlike toothbrushes, mobile phones and devices are wonderfully inclusive and with access to the internet they are empowering for billions of people – especially those in emerging nations who will access the internet for the first time through mobile,” Dr Short says.

Dr Short continued: “We are all innovators now in a digital world, thanks to the marriage between the two great innovation platforms of the last 20 years now coming together: internet and mobile. This combination will drive digital innovation everywhere as these technologies become ever more pervasive and useful to all people.” 

Dr Short’s career spans 33 years in electronics and telecommunications, with the last 20 years in mobile communications.

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