- Total mobile‐cellular subscriptions reached almost 6 billion by end 2011, corresponding to a global penetration of 86%.
- By end 2011, there were more than 1 billion mobile‐broadband subscriptions worldwide.
- By end 2011, there were 590 million fixed (wired)‐broadband subscriptions worldwide.
- The percentage of individuals using the Internet continues to grow worldwide and by end 2011 2.3 billion people were online.
Source: ITU World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database.
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9 years later
As of April 24th 2020 there are 420 Starlink satellites in orbit and SpaceX plans to put 12,000 up there eventually. The company, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, says these satellites will create a global internet network accessible from any place on Earth. ‘With performance that far surpasses that of traditional satellite internet, and a global network unbounded by ground infrastructure limitations, Starlink will deliver high speed broadband internet to locations where access has been unreliable, expensive, or completely unavailable,’ SpaceX writes on its website.