The Wireless Industry Overview
As you may have noticed, we developed an informative, user-friendly The Wireless Industry Overview of the wireless industry last summer. This PowerPoint highlighted our positions on various issues as well as wireless facts and figures and a brief timeline on the history of wireless. With the arrival of 2010 and the speed in which our industry changes, CTIA has updated this overview with topics that are the focus of attention for media and policymakers. We also added a section dedicated to how wireless is improving other industries in the areas of telework, mHealth, and smart grid/energy. Here are a few highlights from that section:
- Telework: In 2007 alone, U.S. wireless services delivered ~$100B in “value added” contributions to the U.S. GDP. Going forward, estimates place productivity gains from wireless broadband services at approximately $860 billion between 2005 and 2016.
- mHealth: Mobile broadband solutions improved U.S. health care productivity at a savings of almost $6.9 billion in 2005 – an amount expected to grow to $27.2 billion by 2016. Physicians said more than one quarter of all their patients would benefit from such services and 80% of doctors and 89% of specialists voted to continue investment in mHealth, according to a CTIA & Harris Interactive 2009 survey.
- Smart Grid/Energy: Benefits of smart grid technology can be profound, and wireless is an important part of the equation. A joint report by Accenture and Vodafone found that wireless technology can reduce carbon emissions in European Union (EU) member countries by 113 metric tons per year in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). In addition, wireless can cut energy cost by £43 billion (approximately $70 billion), with more than 80% of these savings attributable to machine-to-machine communications.