Mobility revenues to reach USD 1.7 Trillion in 2020, strong growth from software investments

The banking industry is leading the way at the worldwide level with mobility investments forecast to surpass USD 100 billion by 2020

Worldwide mobility revenues are forecast to grow from USD 1.5 trillion in 2016 to more than USD 1.7 trillion in 2020. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2%, or roughly USD 40 billion in annual revenue gains, as per the latest IDC report.

Mobility revenues will primarily come from consumer and enterprise purchases of hardware (e.g., smartphones, portable PCs, and tablets) and services (e.g., connectivity services). However, software revenues will experience double-digit growth over the forecast period as developers race to deliver applications that meet the mobility needs of both groups. As per the report, by 2020, the software market will increase spend by 15%, driven by mobile application development and mobile security capabilities.

The strongest growth within the software category will come from investments in mobile application development platforms, mobile enterprise applications, and mobile enterprise security.

Top Industry

While more than half of all mobility revenues are generated by consumer spending, a number of industries are making significant investments in mobility products and solutions. The banking industry is leading the way at the worldwide level with mobility investments forecast to surpass $100 billion by 2020. Discrete manufacturing, professional services, and retail are the next largest industries in terms of mobility investments. The industry that will deliver the fastest revenue growth over the 2015-2020 forecast period is healthcare (5.1% CAGR), followed by telecommunications, professional services, and utilities.

Regional Perspective

From a regional perspective, Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), led by strong investments in China, will be the largest overall mobility market in terms of revenues, which are forecast to exceed USD 500 billion in 2020. The United States represents the second largest region, and the region with the strongest growth forecast (4.7% CAGR). Latin American and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will also see revenue growth greater than the overall market.


Company size based growth

From a company size perspective, large and very large businesses (more than 500 employees) will see spending growth that surpasses the overall market. These businesses will be investing in mobile solutions that enhance worker productivity and provide new capabilities to customers and partners. IDC expects small offices with 1 to 9 employees to continue delivering the largest share of global mobility revenues, as these businesses invest in mobile devices and apps as an affordable alternative to traditional IT solutions.

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