There will be more mobile subscriptions than people in the world by the end of this year, according to a UN agency report. The UN International Telecoms Union (ITU) predicts that subscriptions will pass seven billion early this year.
There are currently 6.8 billion mobile subscriptions and 7.1 billion people.
ITU World 2013 reported that more than a third of the global population are online.
The Commonwealth of Independent States, the alliance of countries formerly in the Soviet Union, has the highest mobile penetration with 1.7 subscriptions for every person. Africa has the least, with 63 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants.