[Graph] How wired are we? More than you think

In a world with ever changing technology, Moore’s law describes a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware: That the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit has doubled approximately every two years. Although this exact formula has been disputed, it is more of a guide for this post. GigaOM posted a fantastic graph on Smart Phone Speeds, Global Data Forecasts, Mobile-Only Phone Access, Broadband subscribers and Internet use by country.

In Smart Phone Speed: Western Europe barely leads the way with an average of 691 kbps with Japan right behind with 690 kpbs, with the U.S.A. falling in at a much slower 418 kbps. Global Mobile Data forecast for 2012 shows Western Europe leading in first place at 35k Terabytes per month, with Asia Pacific coming in at 27K and the U.S.A. at about 23K Terabytes per month. Mobile only phone access Mexico takes the lead at 48% of the country on cellular phones, with South Africa and Italy tied for second at 39% and Brazil follows with 35%.

[via GigaOM and graph by Column Five Media]

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