THE WORLD'S congested mobile airways are being divided in a lopsided manner, with 1 percent of consumers generating half of all traffic. The top 10 percent of users, meanwhile, are consuming 90 percent of wireless bandwidth.
The consumption imbalance is another example of a relatively small group of individuals dominating the consumption of a particular resource. The United States, with less than 5 percent of the world's population, consumes about 23 percent of the world's daily oil production. Japan, Germany and Italy, whose populations together make up less than 4 percent of the world's total, accounted for 31 percent of global natural gas imports in 2010.
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