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What is the impact of mobile telephony on economic growth?


Mobile phones have improved communication, social inclusion, economic activity and productivity in sectors such as agriculture, health, education and finance. As technology develops, mobile services have the potential to further impact economic development through the provision of high value 3G and 4G data services accessed via smartphones, tablets and dongles that deliver mobile data services to businesses and consumers.

The mobile telecom sector continues to offer unprecedented opportunities for economic growth in both developing and developed markets, and mobile communication services have become an essential part of how economies work and function.

Deloitte and the GSMA have released the first comprehensive assessment of the incremental benefits of next generation mobile telephony services, such as 3G technology and mobile data services, and its impact on economic growth.  The report provides the first estimates of the impact of mobile data usage on GDP growth in developed and developing markets, using information on mobile data provided by Cisco Systems based on their Visual Network Index (VNI).

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