2012: The Year Mobile Internet Devices Outnumbered Humans
2012 is shaping up to be an apocalyptic year. Although it is a little early to start lists of occurrences in 2012 but Cisco has jumped the gun with a weird prediction.
How many mobile internet devices to you own? Personally I have two, my phone and a Kindle 3G.
From Ars Technica:
"By the end of 2012, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the number of people on Earth, and by 2016 there will be 1.4 mobile devices per capita," Cisco said in its Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update released today. "There will be over 10 billion mobile-connected devices in 2016... exceeding the world's population at that time (7.3 billion)."
The numbers include not just phones but tablets, laptops, handheld gaming consoles, e-readers, in-car entertainment systems, digital photo frames, cameras, and "machine-to-machine modules." That latter category includes applications such as using wireless networks to update digital billboards.
It truly is a crazy statistic.