M/C Ventures predicts that globally, 2008 will see more people accessing the Internet via their mobile phones than through desktops or laptops. PCs will still be the primary way to access in developed countries. However, in developing regions, most Internet use will come from mobile phones, helping to bridge the digital divide.
“Mobile broadband is becoming the medium to bridge the digital divide worldwide. Many people in the world, even developed economies, don’t have regular, affordable access to the Internet for a variety of reasons, but mobile phones and the business models around them are profitably penetrating even the low income sectors of the economy. Now more than ever, people of many means can use mobile phones to enable their lives. Quite simply, mobile broadband will democratize communications.” – James Wade, managing general partner, M/C Venture Partners.
He also predicts that 2008 will see mobile devices ushering in the second wave of broadband. We consider those bold statements and projections to make. Of course all means of accessing the internet will increase in 2008. As more countries develop and technologies are improved upon, naturally the trend would be to see more adoption. However, we can’t figure how the developing countries will turn to mobile devices for high speed internet when countries like the United States don’t even have a great high speed network in place yet. As far as the second wave of broadband is concerned, there will be a huge jump in users accessing broadband connections, be it via Wi-Fi, WiMAX, or whatever “Wi” you end up with. We do not look for leaps in speeds for PC’s and laptops so much as what is available to wireless users. To us, a second wave of broadband really would faster all around speeds, regardless of device. We’re talking double what is available at a minimum.