FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(IDC, the most significant gains will be in the emerging economies of Asia/Pacific, where a strong economic recovery and new interest in unified communications will drive healthy growth in all aspects of mobility spending.)--The world's mobile worker population will pass the one billion mark this year and grow to nearly 1.2 billion people – more than a third of the world's workforce – by 2013. According to a new forecast from
“Vast opportunities exist for bringing a variety of mobile technologies to the world's workforce”
"Vast opportunities exist for bringing a variety of mobile technologies to the world's workforce," said Sean Ryan, research analyst, Mobile Enterprise Software. "Outside the United States and Japan, where mobile worker population penetration has essentially peaked, there are large worker populations that are still growing. Underserved mobile workers across all regions stand to benefit from the reach and flexibility offered by mobile solutions. While some barriers to adoption will still have to be overcome, the potential market for mobility solutions is enormous."
Among the key findings from this forecast are the following:
The IDC study, Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2009-2013 Forecast (Doc #221309) provides a worldwide five-year mobile worker population forecast through 2013 and analysis across three core worker categories (office-based mobile workers, non-office-based mobile workers, and home-based mobile workers) and 13 subcategories in five regions: the United States, Western Europe, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Japan, and the rest of the world (ROW).
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