South Korea has surpassed a wireless broadband subscription rate of 100%. This means that for each citizen of South Korea, there is a mobile device that is able to access the internet. Of course, some South Koreans still do not have mobile access to the internet. Others have multiple accounts; testers, for example, commonly have multiple devices with a wireless broadband subscription. South Korea’s high broadband subscription rate is still significant, though: it showcases the country as a hub of modern technology integration. The high rate also demonstrates a very prevalent global trend, according to CNET’s Charlie Osborne:
Worldwide wireless broadband subscriptions in OECD countries have shown healthy growth of over 13 percent in the last six months, and now total 667 million, up from 590 million in June 2011…. The OECD comprises 34 members, including the U.K., U.S., Japan, Finland and Sweden.
Sweden, Finland and Japan follow South Korea as the global leaders in wireless broadband subscriptions. However, according to Sourcingline, the four most frequently tapped countries for web development are India, Indonesia, Estonia and Singapore, respectively. What does this mean?
Mobile web sites are not being accessed predominantly where they are developed. With the increasing relevance of mobile web access and rift between development location and usage location, it is increasingly important to test for localization issues.