For the first time, in 2006 U.S. businesses of all sizes will spend more on wireless voice services than on wireline, reports In-Stat. And wireless data services will make significant gains as well over the next several years, the high-tech market research firm says. Expenditures by enterprise firms (1,000 or more employees) on wireless data will grow an average of 18% per year through 2009.
“The transformation of telecom spending continues unabated,” said Bryan Van Dussen, In-Stat analyst. “The relentless march toward IP-based networks, the unequivocal adoption of mobile solutions, and the pervasiveness of broadband have changed the face of business networks forever.”
Recent reports by In-Stat found the following:
* Mid-sized firms accounted for 12.4%, or $24 billion, of total U.S. business telecom spending in 2005; these numbers will reach $33 billion and 13% of the total U.S. business market by 2009.
* Small business spending on Internet access will grow to $8.2 billion by 2009, up from $4.4 billion in 2005, largely due to adoption of DSL and higher bandwidth services.
* Spending on wireless data services will outpace all other categories in the SOHO segment, growing to nearly $2.2 billion in 2009, up from $0.47 billion in 2005.