Productivity enhancements will be the source of significant gains in GDP

With the proliferation of Smartphones, notebooks, and high-speed mobile broadband networks it will come as no surprise to most that mobile broadband is shaping up to be a big business in itself and that the use of mobile broadband can help workers in many areas be more productive.

InformationWeek reports that according to a study by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), wireless broadband is poised to boost the economy in the U.S. by a whopping $860B over the next ten years.

The money added to the economy isn’t from subscribers to mobile broadband services, rather the report says that the additional $860B in gross domestic product will be due to productivity gains. The report says that in 2005 only 25% of business used wireless broadband and that percentage is expected to jump to 83% use by business in 2016.

According to Ovum, the firm that prepared the reports for CTIA, there are six key areas where the use of mobile broadband will provide benefits. These areas include resource and inventory management and documentation, health care efficiency enhancements, field service automation, inventory loss reduction, sales force automation and replacement of desk phones with mobile wireless devices.

Two areas expected to see the greatest benefit from wireless broadband are healthcare and small businesses. Healthcare workers cited in the report from a company called Wound Technology Network are using mobile broadband to have anywhere access to patient medical records, treatment visuals and expert advice.

For the predictions of the study to come true high-speed wireless networks need to be rolled out to more areas of the country. Many rural areas are still underserved by 3G networks across the U.S. even as Sprint and Clearwire get ready to launch their 4G WiMAX network. Once high-speed mobile networks are more readily available works across the country can begin to use the wireless networks to increase their productivity.

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