It’s an amazing stat: There are 2.3 billion mobile Internet subscribers on the planet — one-third of the world’s population. When you add desktop and laptop computers to the mix, the number of people with Internet access rises to 3 billion. If you had any illusion that mobile computing is the future, these figures should show you it is actually the present.

The data comes from a survey of 5,500 people across the globe commissioned by Juniper Networks, which of course wants to power much of those connections. But Juniper’s self-interest doesn’t affect what the survey shows: Those 2.3 billion people get tremendous benefit from being connected to the Internet from devices they have at hand.

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