A new survey has found there are now a staggering 8.1 billion active internet-connected devices in the world – astonishing as there are only 7.4 billion people.
The report from IHS Technology says they include smartphones, tablets, PCs, TVs and TV-attached devices such as Apple TV and Chromecast, and of course audio devices.
Averaged out across the globe, this works out at four devices per household, a total that is dominated by the ever-growing dependency on mobiles.
In fact, they outnumber PCs by almost double, and tablets by nearly five to one.
The reports says the phone population will continue to explode and will number some half a billion by the end of this decade.
Merrick Kingston, principal analyst-connected home, at IHS Technology, said: “The proliferation of media-enabled connected endpoints has implications for media consumption, media production, broadband infrastructure, and the business itself of network management and traffic discrimination. It drives media consumption, IP traffic and more.”