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In Middle East and Africa, Nearly All Web Users Are Mobile

More than nine in 10 internet users will go online via phone

January 6, 2014 | Mobile

In many emerging markets, mobile was the first screen for internet access for many consumers. In the Middle East and Africa, according to eMarketer estimates, more than nine in 10 web users go online via mobile phones.

This year, eMarketer estimates, 94.0% of internet users in the Middle East and Africa will go online via mobile phones at least once per month. That's up slightly from 2013’s penetration rate of 92.7%, already by far the highest in the world. On average, just 79.1% of internet users worldwide will be mobile phone internet users this year. It won't be until 2017 that most regions boast penetration rates in the 90%-and-up range.

Mobile Phone Internet User Penetration Worldwide, by Region, 2012-2017 (% of internet users)

As a percentage of mobile phone users, the Middle East and Africa is still behind North America in terms of mobile phone internet user penetration. Just over half of mobile phone users in the region will go online with their devices this year, while nearly two-thirds of mobile phone users in North America will do so.

Mobile Phone Internet User Penetration Worldwide, by Region, 2012-2017 (% of mobile phone users)

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Additionally, every element of each eMarketer forecast fits within the larger matrix of all our forecasts, with the same assumptions and general framework used to project figures in a wide variety of areas. Regular re-evaluation of each forecast means those assumptions and framework are constantly updated to reflect new market developments and other trends.



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