US Firms to Spend More on Wireless Voice than Wireline in 2006.

For the first time, in 2006 US businesses of all sizes will spend more on wireless voice services than on wireline, reports In-Stat. And wireless data services will make significant gains as well over the next several years, the high-tech market research firm says. Expenditures by enterprise firms (1,000 or more employees) on wireless data will grow an average of 18% per year through 2009.

“The transformation of telecom spending continues unabated,” says Bryan Van Dussen, In-Stat analyst. “The relentless march toward IP-based networks, the unequivocal adoption of mobile solutions, and the pervasiveness of broadband have changed the face of business networks forever.”

A recent report by In-Stat found the following:

Mid-sized firms accounted for 12.4%, or $24 billion, of total US business telecom spending in 2005; these numbers will reach $33 billion and 13% of the total US business market by 2009.

Small business spending on Internet access will grow to $8.2 billion by 2009, up from $4.4 billion in 2005, largely due to adoption of DSL and higher bandwidth services.

Spending on wireless data services will outpace all other categories in the SOHO segment, growing to nearly $2.2 billion in 2009, up from $0.47 billion in 2005.

The report, Share of Wallet: Telecom Trends and Expenditures in the US Business Market, US Enterprises (1,000+ Employees) (#IN0502213EM), provides detailed market forecasts for telecom spending among US businesses across six broad categories: wireline voice services, wireless voice services, wireline data services, wireless data services, wireline equipment, and wireless equipment. It includes data from In Stat’s Business Telecom 2005 survey.

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