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CHART OF THE DAY

“Understanding the future is only a question of timing”

  • Zachary M. Seward
By Zachary M. Seward

Chief executive officer

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Analyst Horace Dediu can always be relied on for incisive charts. He tweeted one earlier today of the percentage of people who use the internet in various countries—our own version is above—and commented, “Understanding the future is only a question of timing.”

We write frequently about the huge number of people coming online for the first time, almost entirely on mobile phones. It’s the subject of our “Mobile Web” obsession and “Next Billion” events. But sometimes all it takes is a simple chart to put things in perspective. To understand the future of the internet, it’s important to know where—and when—to look.

Here’s the worldwide perspective:

Data: International Telecommunication Union

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