Mobile browsing getting out of control?


For the first time the browsing share of mobile devices has exceeded 10% of all browsing. At the same time the browsing share of desktops dropped. A year ago, the total worldwide browsing by mobile decices was just 5%. People are getting more and more used to the use of internet by mobile devices but also the devices are getting more and more user friendly.

This sounds like heaven for everyone but the telecom operators are complaining about the extra usage of mobile internet. Their investment was not built for this kind of demand and they claim that their revenues are declining because people tend to use free services like whatsapp and Skype.

Operaters in The Netherlands tried to get more money by accusing Google and Facebook of the declining revenues. The operators wanted to charge these companies and customers money for their services but the Dutch government made this impossible by putting netneutrality into the law.

At the moment, the browsing share of mobile devices is growing exponentially. My point of view is that the operators should think about a new way of making money. But there is also space for new companies like Google and Facebook to come up with a new way of communication and a revenue model to make this a sustainable service.

Sources: http://www.geenstijl.nl/mt/archieven/2012/10/bellen_kost_postbedrijven_3521.html
http://www.nu.nl/internet/2948012/telefoons-en-tablets-goed-10-procent-browserverkeer.html

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