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Almost one mobile phone for every person in the World already and by 2020 completing the conversion to all smartphones and mobile broadband

Almost one mobile phone for every person in the World already and by 2020 completing the conversion to all smartphones and mobile broadband

In 2015 there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, up from less than 1 billion in 2000. Globally 3.2 billion people are using the Internet of which 2 billion are from developing countries.

By end 2015, there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, corresponding to a penetration rate of 97%, up from 738 million in 2000.

The number of Chinese mobile phone users accounted for 94.5% of its total population by the end of June, latest data showed.

In the first half, China saw 6.88 million new mobile phone users, bringing the country’s total mobile phone users to 1.29 billion, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement.

The ratio of mobile phone users to population was higher than 100% in nine provincial-level regions, including Beijing, Shanghai, as well as provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang.

China will have 1.3 billion mobile phone users by the end of 2015.

India is nearing 1 billion mobile phone users.

The switch of all mobile phones to smartphones is also rapidly occuring

The number of users choosing broadband mobile internet services (3G and 4G services) reached 674 million by the end of June, accounting for 52.1% of all mobile phone users.

Many African countries are lagging with about 33% mobile phone penetration and 20% mobile broadband.

Mobile broadband internet for developed countries is about 86%.

Mobile broadband already accounts for over three-quarters of connections in the developed world and, by 2020, the figure will reach 92%. In contrast, less than a third of connections are currently on higher speed networks in the developing world. However, this is projected to nearly reach two-thirds of connections by 2020. In absolute terms, the number of mobile broadband connections in developing markets will increase by 3.1 billion over the period.

Fourth-generation (4G) mobile network, which offers faster Internet access than previous modes, witnessed explosive user growth last month, with total 4G users up 24.69 million from a month earlier to 225 million.

Mobile broadband connections will account for almost 70% of the global base by 2020, up from just under 40% at the end of 2014. Smartphone adoption is already reaching critical mass in developed markets, with the devices now accounting for 60% of connections. It is the developing world—driven by the increased affordability of devices—that will produce most
of the future growth, adding a further 2.9 billion smartphone connections by 2020.

The mobile ecosystem is a major driver of economic progress and welfare globally. In 2014, the mobile industry generated 3.8% of global gross domestic product (GDP), a contribution that amounts to over US$3 trillion of economic value across 236 countries. This figure captures the direct, indirect and productivity impacts of the mobile ecosystem, but does not include broader socio-economic effects. In the period to 2020, mobile’s contribution will grow at a faster rate than the rest of the global economy, contributing 4.2% to the world’s GDP by the end of the period.

The projections for 2020 do not include possible game changers like the Google Loon project for stratospheric solar or the next generation of global satellites from Google, Elon Musk and others.”


Posted on: August 4, 2015, 6:22 am Category: Uncategorized

HBR: 7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change


7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

“We found two that had little to no impact, thereby providing useful guidance on what not to do:

  • Being nice
  • Giving others incessant requests, suggestions, and advice.

We then analyzed the behaviors that did correlate with an exceptional ability to drive change. We found eight that really help other people to change. Here they are, in order from most to least important:

1. Inspiring others.

2. Noticing problems.

3. Providing a clear goal.

4. Challenging standard approaches. 

5. Building trust in your judgment.

6. Having courage.

7. Making change a top priority.”


Posted on: August 4, 2015, 6:13 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling | SEJ


Posted on: August 3, 2015, 6:37 am Category: Uncategorized

The Three Types of Problem in the World

The Three Types of Problem in the World


“I rather liked this delineation of the three different types of problem in the world, featured in a paper on reform in the healthcare industry by Brenda Zimmerman of York University and Sholom Glouberman of the University of Toronto, and quoted in The Checklist Manifesto:

  1. Simple problems are ones like baking a cake from a mix. There is a recipe.
  2. Complicated problems are ones like sending a rocket to the moon. They can sometimes be broken down into a series of simple problems. But there is no straightforward recipe. Success frequently requires multiple people, often multiple teams, and specialized expertise. Unanticipated difficulties are frequent. Timing and coordination become serious concerns.
  3. Complex problems are ones like raising a child. Once you learn how to send a rocket to the moon, you can repeat the process with other rockets and perfect it. One rocket is like another rocket. But not so with raising a child, the professors point out. Every child is unique. Although raising one child may provide experience, it does not guarantee success with the next child. Expertise is valuable but most certainly not sufficient. Indeed, the next child may require an entirely different approach from the previous one. And this brings up another feature of complex problems: their outcomes remain highly uncertain. Yet we all know that it is possible to raise a child well. It’s complex, that’s all.”


Posted on: August 3, 2015, 6:19 am Category: Uncategorized

The Top 10 Reasons Why the Top 10 Reasons Don’t Matter

The Top 10 Reasons Why the Top 10 Reasons Don’t Matter

“1. Reason is highly over-rated.

2. If you need more data to prove your point, you’ll never have enough data to prove your point.

3. Analysis paralysis.

4. You’re going to follow your gut, anyway.

5. By the time you put your business case together, the market has passed you by.

6. “Not everything that counts can be counted; not everything that can be counted counts.” – Albert Einstein

7. The scientific method came to Rene Descartes in a dream!

8. Most reasons are collected to prove to others what you have already decided to do.

9. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – G.B. Shaw

10. I am, therefore I think.”


Posted on: August 3, 2015, 6:16 am Category: Uncategorized

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

edX— Take online courses from the world’s best universities.

Coursera — Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.

Coursmos — Take a micro-course anytime you want, on any device.

Highbrow — Get bite-sized daily courses to your inbox.

Skillshare — Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity.

Curious — Grow your skills with online video lessons. — Learn technology, creative and business skills.

CreativeLive — Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts.

Udemy — Learn real world skills online.


Codecademy — Learn to code interactively, for free. — Learn how to code from scratch.

Udacity — Earn a Nanodegree recognized by industry leaders.

Platzi — Live streaming classes on design, marketing and code.

Learnable — The best way to learn web development.

Code School — Learn to code by doing.

Thinkful — Advance your career with 1-on-1 mentorship. — Start learning today with easy tutorials.

BaseRails — Master Ruby on Rails and other web technologies.

Treehouse — Learn HTML, CSS, iPhone apps & more.

One Month — Learn to code and build web applications in one month.

Dash — Learn to make awesome websites.


DataCamp — Online R tutorials and data science courses.

DataQuest— Learn data science in your browser.

DataMonkey— Develop your analytical skills in a simple, yet fun way.


Duolingo — Learn a language for free.

Lingvist — Learn a language in 200 hours.

Busuu — The free language learning community.

Memrise — Use flashcards to learn vocabulary.


TED-Ed — Find carefully curated educational videos

Khan Academy— Access an extensive library of interactive content. — Search the largest collection of online guides.

Squareknot — Browse beautiful, step-by-step guides.

Learnist — Learn from expertly curated web, print and video content.

Prismatic — Learn interesting things based on social recommendation.


Chesscademy — Learn how to play chess for free.

Pianu — A new way to learn piano online, interactively.

Yousician— Your personal guitar tutor for the digital age.

UPDATE: Full list including the best of your suggestions can be also found here.”


Posted on: August 2, 2015, 6:32 am Category: Uncategorized

Full Text Article: “A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries”

Full Text Article: “A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries”

“The following full text article appears in the current issue of Information Technology and Libraries.


A Library in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Services in Top 100 University Libraries


Yan Quan Liu
Southern Connecticut State University
Special Hired Professor at Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin, China

Sarah Briggs
Library/Media Specialist at Jonathan Law High School, Milford, CT

Information Technology and Libraries
Vol 34, No 2 (2015)


What is the current state of mobile services among academic libraries of the country’s top 100 universities, and what are the best practices for librarians implementing mobile services at the university level?

Through in-depth website visits and survey questionnaires, the authors studied each of the top 100 universities’ libraries’ experiences with mobile services. Results showed that all of these libraries offered at least one mobile service, and the majority offered multiple services. The most common mobile services offered were mobile sites, text messaging services, e-books, and mobile access to databases and the catalog. In addition, chat/IM services, social media accounts and apps were very popular.

Survey responses also indicated a trend towards responsive design for websites so that patrons can access the library’s full site on any mobile device. Respondents recommend that libraries considering offering mobile services begin as soon as possible as patron demand for these services is expected to increase.

Direct to Full Text Article (16 pages; PDF)


Posted on: August 2, 2015, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized