Smartphones to Drive Enterprise Data Plan Revenues to $102bn in 2016

Oyster Bay, New York - 04 Mar 2011

Mobile data plan revenues will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 9% and are expected to exceed $102 billion worldwide by 2016, according to latest ABI Research forecasts.

Regionally, data plan revenue share among different device classes varies significantly. Currently in North America, data plans for smartphones deliver the lion’s share of revenue. However in regions lacking fixed line access such as Eastern Europe and Latin America, connections to other computing devices constitute the majority share. But according to practice director Dan Shey, “By 2016, smartphones will become the largest portion of each region’s mobile data plan revenues with over 50% share.”

Shey continues, “Increasing smartphone penetration rates among mobile enterprise customers are major drivers for data plan revenue growth. But connectivity for other devices such as tablets will become increasingly important and contribute significantly to overall connectivity revenues from the business sector.”

Data plan growth portends other opportunities for the enterprise sector. More connections mean greater need for applications, and content, security, expense and other mobile device-related services. Forward-looking enterprise segment suppliers are looking holistically at the opportunities presented by increasing enterprise mobile device connections.

ABI Research’s “Enterprise Mobility Market Data” provides a global view of mobile services adoption and usage for the mobile business customer. Eight service categories are represented:

Real-time communications
Messaging
Information access
Application downloads
Business process solutions (Line of business applications)
Mobile broadband (data plans for netbooks, laptops, MIDs, tablets)
Mobile device management services
Mobile cloud computing
Mobile data plans (for smartphones and handsets)

 A series of Enterprise Mobility Vertical Market databases segments mobile communications services by industry vertical, occupation and size of business. Separate editions are available for North America, Latin AmericaAsia-Pacific, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

All these Market Data products are included in ABI Research’s Enterprise Mobility Research Service and are updated on a quarterly basis.

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research’s worldwide team of experts advises thousands of decision makers through 29 research and advisory services. Est. 1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.

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