Countries characterized by a higher level of data usage per 3G connection have seen an increase in their gross domestic product per capita growth of up to 1.4 percentage points, according to a report from Deloitte and GSMA.
A 10 percent uptick 2G to 3G penetration increases GDP per capita growth by 0.15 percentage points and a 10 percent expansion in mobile penetration increases productivity by 4.2 percentage points in developing markets, the report said.
“Total mobile connections will stand at 6.8 billion with mobile subscriber penetration at 45 per cent by the end of 2012,“ said Tom Phillips, GSMA’s chief government and regulatory affairs officer. “In this period of economic uncertainty, governments should look to the mobile industry as a key partner for economic growth and put in place policies that encourage investment in broadband infrastructure, which will serve to enhance productivity, as well as policies to drive the development of new data services that will boost the economy and benefit society.“
The firms researched data usage and economic growth across 14 countries provided by Cisco Systems based on their visual networking index, as well as Deloitte studies on the productivity impact of mobile in 79 countries and the impact of 3G penetration across 96 countries.
“As people around the world increasingly connect to the Internet via multiple wireless devices to use rich content anytime, anywhere, it is creating a deluge of data that is changing the way we work, live and play,” said Dr. Robert Pepper, Cisco vice president for global technology policy. “The fact that increasing high-speed mobile broadband data usage leads to greater average per capita income underscores the need for increased investment in wireless networks as well as for government policies to foster that investment, including the allocation of additional spectrum.“