Mobile Web use to surpass PC by 2015

By 2015, more U.S. Internet users will access the Internet through mobile devices than through PCs or other wired devices, according to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC). ”Forget what we have taken for granted on how consumers use the Internet,” said Karsten Weide, IDC’s research vice president, Media and Entertainment, said in a release. “Soon, more users will access the Web using mobile devices than using PCs, and it’s going to make the Internet a very different place.”

The New Media Market Model also finds:

  • Worldwide, the total number of Internet user will grow from 2 billion in 2010 to 2.7 billion in 2015, when 40% of the world’s population will have access to its vast resources.
  • Global B2C ecommerce spending will grow from $708 billion in 2010 to $1,285 billion in 2015 at a CAGR of 12.7%.
  • Worldwide online advertising will increase from $70 billion in 2010 to $138 billion in 2015, with its share of total advertising across all media growing from 11.9% to 17.8%.

“As smartphones begin to outsell simpler feature phones, and as media tablet sales explode, the number of mobile Internet users will grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.6% between 2010 and 2015.”