So CTIA, a wireless industry trade group, conducted a study to show how wireless broadband services help the U.S. economy. Of course, they found immensely positive numbers, showing that wireless broadband can bolster our economic standing. Apparently, the service is projected to be valued at $427 billion by 2016. That assumes no large-impact, rare events, however, so it’s certainly optimistic at this point. But large scale broadband access certainly does have enormous economic implications.
“This study provides strong evidence that the wireless industry continues to be a major player in the U.S. economy and an important driver for growth,” said [CTIA President and CEO Steve] Largent. “At a time when America is in the midst of an economic pinch, more and more employers are turning to wireless broadband technology to help reduce costs, increase efficiency and productivity, and stay competitive in the marketplace.”
The study cites mobile broadband’s demonstrable ecomic effects. The U.S. health care industry benefited from mobile broadband’s added value, to the tune of $6.9 billion. Of course, this information comes in the same paragraph that states small businesses are the big winners. I’ve never really equated the health care industry with small business. Oh well. The forecast — which, once again, assumes no economy-altering events — expects 81.9 million mobile enterprise users by 2016, with 83 percent of them using broadband.