In celebration of World Statistics Day, the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a division organized to identify and produce internationally comparable statistics concerning the telecommunication sector, has released a new report, "The World in 2010."
Some of the reports most interesting findings:
- The total number of text messages that will be sent this year is predicted to reach 1.6 trillion, or about 200,000 every second.
- The United States and the Philippines are the two most text-happy countries in the world and, together, they account for 35 percent of all text messages sent out.
- Ninety percent of the world's population now has access to mobile networks.
- By the end of the year, it is predicted that there will be 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions globally.
- 143 countries now offer 3G services, up from 95 in 2007.
- The number of Internet users around the world doubled between 2005 and 2010.