While this is fictional, the fact that it rings true to many of us testifies to the role of mobility in our lives. Of the 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions in the world today, 2.1 billion are mobile broadband, which is three times the number of fixed-broadband accounts. Moreover, almost every edition of 4G Americas’ white papers on 3GPP standards (now ten years of history) started by stating in some form that the number of cell phone accounts are expected to “soon” exceed the number of human beings on the planet—however, this is no longer the case since “soon” is now. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the number of mobile subscriptions will rise to 7.3 billion in 2014, compared to the global population of 7 billion.
The resource of mobile communications could almost be compared to other invaluable resources like potable water and tillable soil, as it advances human and economic development from providing basic access to health information to making cash payments, spurring job creation and stimulating citizen involvement in democratic processes. However, there are deficiencies. Two-thirds of the world population still has no internet access. While 75 percent of households in developing countries have television, only 20 percent are connected to the web. However, mobile use is a global phenomenon; there are more than one hundred countries throughout the world, where the number of cell phones exceeds the countries’ populations.