Only if there is SPECTRUM available, the industry will continue to invest in networks to handle more capacity and develop new applications and capabilities for handsets, which benefits the consumers who always expect more and more from their mobiles devices. This cycle never ends, but nothing can be done if there isn’t more spectrum available.
In US, CTIA urges FCC to reallocate additional spectrum to allow the improvement and invention of new applications and services that bring benefits in different industries like Telework, mHealth and Smart Grid/Energy. Here some examples of economic impact in those industries:
In 2007 alone, U.S. wireless services delivered ~$100B in “value added” contributions to the U.S. GDP. Going forward, estimates place productivity gains from wireless broadband services at ~$860 billion between 2005 and 2016.
Mobile broadband solutions improved U.S. health care productivity at a savings of almost $6.9 billion –an amount expected to grow to $27.2 billion by 2016.46
– Smart Grid/Energy:
Reduce carbon emissions in European Union (EU) member countries by 113 metric tons per year in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). Cut energy cost by £43 billion (approximately $70 billion), with more than 80% of these savings attributable to machine-to-machine communications.