It's no secret that smartphone and tablet sales are exploding around the world. What's less visible is how access to mobile broadband varies worldwide. A recent report by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) shows the differences in price and penetration of mobile broadband in various countries. These differences matter because affordable mobile broadband is necessary for the rich-media features offered on smartphones and tablets like music videos, apps or streaming services.

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