This week the mobile enterprise goes global. From disaster relief technologies to an increase in the number of China's mobile population, it's clear that mobile is a part of a growing, global community.
China's Mobile Usage Expands
Think you have a lot of followers online? Chances are it pales in comparison to the 457 million people in China who use the Internet, according to the China Internet Network Information Center. Additionally, 303 million Chinese surf the web by mobile phone -- an increase of 29.6 percent over what it was in 2009.
Of course, the Chinese government may not see such growth as positively as wireless carriers do. After all, 457 million people and the information they access and share are a lot to track. What we can expect is that China, like many other countries have begun to crack down on the use of smartphones. Considering that many of the phones belong to American companies, China may pressure them for access to the wireless hubs, much like India has already done.
Until that happens, it’s expected that the significant growth of China’s mobile users will have great impact on the mobile broadband industry and marketplace.
Mobile + Disaster Relief = Open Source Humanitarian Technology
When it comes to global disaster relief, the mobile phone has only begun to play a role. Until recently, its role has been limited to fundraiser. Thanks to the United Nations Foundation and its partners, who commissioned a study from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) on the topic of disaster relief and technology, mobile technologies like geo-tagging, GPS and satellite mapping will become a part of rescue and relief efforts around the world.
The full report is slated for release in March, but early results indicate that mobile technology, the open-source community and Web services each have roles in future humanitarian relief missions. Such preliminary findings is not just great news for the future victims of the world’s next flood, earthquake or other disaster, it’s great news for the open-source community who have long argued that their tools and access were ideal for government and non-profit initiatives.
A Sign of the Times: Mobile-Based Email Usage Increases
Earlier we reported that mobile and tablet devices purchases would soon replace PCs. In case more proof was needed, a new report by ComScore shows that the number of people accessing web-based email is declining. Additionally, in November 2010, ComScore found that the number of people sending e-mail through a dedicated client on a mobile device was up 36 percent from the prior November.
The numbers represent mobile users who use a dedicated e-mail client on a mobile device as well as those who may only sync mail from Gmail or another online account to their phones. As well, users aged 25 to 34 were 60 percent more likely to check mobile e-mail than the average mobile subscriber.
Despite the increase of mobile email usage, web-based email isn’t likely to go anywhere. E-mail is still one of the most popular activities on the Web, with more than 70 percent of online users accessing their messages via the Web each month, according to the report. However, as far as the enterprise is concerned, these findings are just one more reason to invest in reliable mobile email security management tools.