Iain, James and Mark are all back in the UK for a Mobile World Congress retrospective, a look at the week's mobile industry headlines and an interview with Rolf Schmitz from Dolby Mobile.
The United Nations' International Telecommunication Union has released a new report - Measuring the Information Society – that looks at information and communication technology usage across 159 countries. It says the global number of mobile cellular subscriptions is likely to exceed five billion this year, while the price of telecommunication services is falling.
The UK is the tenth most advanced ICT economy, according to the report, with Sweden in first place.
In the 'developing' world, average mobile penetration passed 50% in 2009. Average penetration in 'developed' countries now averages 113%, with more than 70 countries having over 100% mobile penetration.
The smartbook concept is only a couple of years old but the number of devices is set to grow dramatically. ABI Research reckons there'll be 163 million smartbooks shipped worldwide in 2015.
Jeff Orr, the company's senior analyst, defines a smartbook as "a low-powered device running a mobile operating system that is always connected, either via WiFi or (more often) using cellular or mobile broadband. Smartbooks can take many different shapes. They are a subset of MIDs (mobile Internet devices) and netbooks, and address the same potential users, usage, pricing, and market needs. The difference is that they don’t use x86 processors."