Mobile Web Usage to Surpass Wired by 2015, Says IDC

Ryan Whitwam

Just four short years. That’s how long IDC says it’s going to take for mobile internet usage to surpass wired use. They base these estimates on the explosion in sales of smartphones and tablets, as well as the new innovation in mobile networks. IDC also suggests that by 2015, web access on PCs is going to begin declining.

This change is expected to come with the inclusion of hundreds of millions of new internet users all over the world. For these people, the mobile web will be the only web they have ever known. "Forget what we have taken for granted on how consumers use the Internet," IDC research vice president Karsten Weide said in a statement. "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."

Smartphones are expected to surpass feature phones, enabling a full mobile web experience. This, along with the continued growth of tablets, will lead to the stagnation of the PC market, IDC reports. This change is expected to occur first in Western Europe, Japan, and the US. What do you think the future of web access looks like?

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