Mobile takes centre stage


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Three years ago I wrote one of my first ever posts, ” Trend for 2010: it’s mobile stoopid!” Later that year the iPad was launched and the trend to mobile stepped up another level.

Consider these stats:

* Australia – 14th in list of countries in the number of smartphone subscribers (16m) = 50% of total phones, 44% growth year on year. China has 240m subscribers (24%)
* only Japan, Korea, Canada and Sweden have greater % smartphone penetration (Jap 65%, Korea 59%, Can 55%, Sweden 54%)
* 1b smartphone users globally, compared to 5bn phones (so there’s still upside)
* globally, 13% of all internet traffic is on mobile (up from 1% in 2009, 4% in 2010)
* in India, mobile internet usage surpassed desktop internet in mid 2012.
* mobile app revenue worldwide is a US $19b industry (up from $0.7b in 2008)
* 2013 – number of tablets + smartphones exceeded desktop + laptops in operation
* 2002 – number of mobiles surpassed landlines (which peaked in 2006) and is now 4x landlines
* 2008 – number of smartphones with cameras shipped exceeded the number of cameras shipped

For more: Mary Meeker “Internet Trends” Report Dec 2012, KPCB

About the author

Charlie has spent more than 20 years in Perth’s tech and startup sector, firstly as a founder himself, through to exit, and more recently as a writer, advisor and investor. Originally from the UK, Charlie worked in Singapore before arriving in Perth in 1997 to do an MBA at UWA. Graduating as top student in 1999 he set up online real estate business aussiehome.com, running it for 10 years before selling to REIWA, whereupon Charlie ran reiwa.com. In 2013, he moved to Business News to lead their digital transformation as CEO, and then worked for the federal government’s Accelerating Commercialisation program, funding pre-revenue startups and innovative businesses. He now works in an advisory capacity for multiple tech and other businesses, is managing editor of Startup News and co-host of the Startup West podcast. He also writes a column for Business News on startups. Charlie sits on the advisory boards of WA Leaders, TEDxPerth, WAITTA, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, and the full board of Rise Network.

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