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Mobility Solutions Spending will Reach $1.72 Trillion

Worldwide spending on mobility solutions is forecast to reach $1.72 trillion in 2021, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). Spending on mobility-related hardware, software, and services will see a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.7 percent.

Global spending on mobility solutions will total $1.58 trillion in 2017 -- that's an increase of 4.3 percent over 2016.

Mobility Market Development

The United States will account for a quarter of all mobility spending throughout the forecast, making it the largest geographic market at nearly $392 billion in 2021. Mainland China will be the second largest country in terms of overall spending ($337 billion in 2021), followed by Japan, Brazil, and the UK.

The countries that will see the fastest growth in mobility spending over the five-year forecast period will be Venezuela (8.2 percent CAGR), India (8 percent CAGR), Philippines (7 percent CAGR) and Peru (6.7 percent CAGR). In contrast, Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan are forecast to experience a slight decline in mobility spending.

Consumers will provide more than 70 percent of total mobility spending for all but the last year of the forecast. Most spending will go toward mobile connectivity services and smartphones. In addition to being the largest source of spending, this sector will experience the slowest growth with a five-year CAGR of 1.3 percent.

In the enterprise, banking and professional services will be the two industries with the largest mobility spending over the forecast period, reaching $55.1 billion and $54.9 billion in 2021, respectively. Discrete manufacturing and retail will be close behind with 2021 outlays of $49.7 billion and $45.7 billion.

The industries with the fastest growth in mobility spending will be professional services (7.5 percent CAGR), construction (7.1 percent CAGR), and telecommunications (7 percent CAGR). Federal or central government, healthcare, retail, and security and investment services will also outpace the overall market, each with a 6.9 percent CAGR.

"A highly mobile, on-the-go workforce is a key driver of mobility in both the professional services and construction industries," said Jessica Goepfert, program director at IDC.

The largest technology category will be mobility services, which will account for roughly 60 percent of all mobility spending throughout the forecast. While mobile connectivity services will be the largest spending segment at $950 billion in 2021, enterprise mobile services will be one of the fastest growing segments with a 15.3 percent CAGR.

Hardware will be the second largest technology category, led by smartphone purchases. Despite being the smallest category, software represents an important area of investment for enterprises and each of its technology segments will experience double-digit growth throughout the forecast.

Outlook for Commercial Mobility Growth

From a company size perspective, small offices with 1 to 9 employees will account for roughly three quarters of all mobility spending worldwide as these businesses purchase mobile devices, connectivity services, and mobility services as an affordable alternative to traditional IT solutions.

Very large businesses (1000+ employees) and large businesses (500-999 employees) will deliver the fastest spending growth with five-year CAGRs of 7.8 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively.

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