Internet usage by mobile and tablet devices exceeded desktop worldwide for the first time in October, source the independent web analytics company StatCounter based in Dublin.

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The figures show that 51.3% of internet usage worldwide in October was with a mobile or tablet,  compared to 48.7% by desktop. Despite the rapid growth of mobile devices, desktop is still the primary mode of internet usage in Ireland with 57.6% and mobile and tablet use at 42.4%.

When you look at the graphs above, it will not be long before it happens in Ireland.

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It’s a warning to local businesses looking to trade online they need to ensure their own mobile presence is fully optimised. And if the stats weren't enough, remember Google considers mobile-friendliness as a very important ranking factor for websites in local search.