Mobile broadband technology—connecting to mobile networks using dongles, tablets, data cards and smartphones—helps us to communicate with others and access multimedia content on-the-go. But new ACMA research suggests that mobile broadband has also improved productivity and overall economic growth, leading to a $33.8 billion increase in Australia's economic activity in 2013 (measured in terms of GDP).
The Economic impacts of mobile broadband on the Australian economy, from 2006 to 2013 (Word, PDF) combines the latest data on mobile broadband use, survey results from over 1,000 local businesses and economic modelling to deliver Australia's most comprehensive view of this revolutionary technology.
Mobile broadband has shaped the way we communicate and do business, and this trend is expected to continue into the future. Looking forward, two-thirds of businesses surveyed expect the impacts of mobile broadband to grow over the next five years compared to 2006–13.
And, if you've never heard of a 'petabyte', it's time to learn—one PB equals 1,000,000 gigabytes or 1,000,000,000,000,000 bytes! Data use is expected to grow at an annual rate of 38 per cent, from an estimated monthly average of 22.2 PB in 2013 to 81.1 PB in 2017—a 265 per cent increase over this period.