Digital Landscape: Narrowing the Access Gap Between the Developed and Emerging Worlds

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  • Report
  • 32 pages
  • Euromonitor International
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The global digital landscape is defined by the narrowing of the digital gap between developed and emerging markets. While developed nations lead in internet access, emerging countries have witnessed improved uptake of mobile broadband and digital commerce. By 2030, China and India will dominate the emerging world due to higher fixed-broadband and data usage. Income inequality and privacy concerns are barriers to greater digital adoption.

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Digital Landscape: Narrowing the Access Gap Between the Developed and Emerging Worlds

September 2016
Introduction
State of the Digital Landscape
Markets to Watch
Barriers to Digital Adoption
Report Definitions
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The global digital landscape is defined by the narrowing of the digital gap between developed and emerging markets. While developed nations lead in internet access, emerging countries have witnessed improved uptake of mobile broadband and digital commerce. By 2030, China and India will dominate the emerging world due to higher fixed-broadband and data usage. Income inequality and privacy concerns are barriers to greater digital adoption.

Asia Pacific global internet hub in 2016

Asia Pacific will be home to more than half of global internet users in 2016, a result of a fast-expanding mobile subscriber base across the region. China is the regional leader in mobile internet usage and mobile-based shopping.

Africa’s mobile revolution will continue in 201

Competition, proactive regulations and young population will result in the world’s fastest growth in African internet users in 2016. Though rapid expansion in cellular networks will drive internet uptake, governments are expanding fixed-broadband networks for better rural internet coverage.

Digital gap between emerging and developed nations will narrow over 2015-2030

Over 2015-2030, emerging nations will witness fast growth in mobile internet coverage and account for a higher proportion of mobile internet subscribers than developed markets. By 2030, the Middle East and Africa will replace Western Europe and Latin America will unseat North America as the regions with the most mobile internet subscriptions.

India will be the most attractive emerging market; the US will lead the developed world

By 2030, the most attractive telecom markets will be India, Iran, Mexico, the US and France. India will have one of the fastest fixed-broadband growth rates in Asia over next 15 years while rural telecom investments will extend service to more pockets of the US.

Income inequality and data privacy are key factors impeding digital adoption

While access to digital services have been growing at a healthy pace, factors such as income inequality and concerns surrounding data privacy continue to act as barriers for digital connectivity. Ageing populations in the developed world, the persistent rural-urban digital divide globally and higher cost of services in emerging markets are other challenges for digital adoption.
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