In U.S. Market, Internet Access is Broadband; Phones are Smartphones

In many markets these days, there is very little functional difference between “internet access” and “broadbamd internet access,” as there is very little distinction between a “mobile phone” and a “smartphone.”

In the case of internet access, though, there is one important observation to be made, namely that buying of fixed internet access seems to have passed its peak, as mobile broadband continues to grow, suggesting there is product substitution going on.

For those of you who live in a developed market, when was the last time you met anybody who uses a dial-up connection to the internet? For most of us, the answer is that we cannot remember the last time we saw anybody using a dial-up connection, or actually know somebody who buys such a connection.


Smartphone Sales (Percent of Total, 4Q 2016)
China
96
India
50
US
96
Indonesia
68
Brazil
92


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