IDC predicts massive boom in wireless Internet access

The number of wireless Internet users in the US is expected to increase from 5 million in 2000 to approximately 84 million by 2005.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  November 7, 2001

The number of wireless users in the US is set to skyrocket, says IDC. The analyst house is predicting an annual growth rate of 73%, raising the number of wireless Internet users from 5 million in 2000, to 84 million in 2005.

“Business users will lead the way in wireless adoption as they are usually the early adopters and are willing to pay for services and applications they see valuable,” said Charul Vyas, senior research analyst with IDC’s wireless & mobile communications program.

“Businesses tend to introduce new services and devices to their employees first. Mobile employees have a need for highly functional devices with higher speed wireless Internet capabilities,” he explained.

According to primary IDC research, the number of business wireless Internet users will grow from 2.6 million in 2000 to more than 49 million in 2005.

IDC research also indicates that consumers are interested in accessing Internet information from their phones or PDAs.

Beginning in 2003 the US market should witness accelerated growth as more carriers roll out wireless 2.5 and 3G networks and wireless kit becomes available in mass market quantities.

Also the increased availability of ‘always-on’ capabilities and ‘stickier’ apps should drive usage upwards.

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