June 16, 2011 02:30 ET

SMB Spending on Wireless Data to Rise Over 42% From 2010 to 2015, Says In-Stat

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - Jun 16, 2011) - If it is true that small businesses account for two-thirds of all new jobs in America, then new US Business Spending research from In-Stat ( would indicate that things are trending upwards. In-Stat expects SMB (small and medium businesses) to increase their spending on wireless data services by 42% from 2010 to 2015. US SOHO businesses (small office and home office businesses with 1 to 4 employees) will lead the category, increasing spending by over 46% on wireless data from 2010 to 2015.

"Voice has become a commodity, with growth in voice services essentially being stagnant across all sizes of business," says Greg Potter, In-Stat Data Analyst. "Messaging has been wonderful to the carriers, but the revenue picture here is stagnant as well, with marginal increases or decreases depending on the size of business. Future growth is all about providing data access to smartphones, tablets, and notebooks, period, end of story."

Some additional data points include:

  • SMB businesses in total (SMB includes SOHO, small and medium businesses) consume about half of all wireless services on a revenue basis. The consumption jumps to almost three-fourths when one is only considering corporate liable expenditures.
  • Total handset spending is set to rise over 10% from 2010 to 2015
  • The construction vertical segment will spend 120 million in the wireless device segment in 2012.
  • In 2013, the retail trade segment will spend 2.8 billion in wireless voice services.

The In-Stat research, US Business Spending by Size of Business and Vertical, 2010-2015: Wireless Data, Handsets, and Voice (#1105018BTSF), provides forecasts of US business telecom spending for the 2010-2015 period with detailed segmentation by product category, size of business, and vertical market. Detail is included for: wireless data (access and other messaging), wireless handsets, and wireless voice services.

Forecasts are broken into the following size-of-business segments and sub-segments:

  • SOHO business (1 to 4 employees)
  • Small business (5 to 9 employees, 10 to 19 employees, and 20 to 99 employees)
  • Mid-sized business (100 to 499 employees and 500 to 999 employees)
  • Enterprise (1,000 to 4,999 employees, 5,000 to 9,999 employees, and 10,000 or more employees)

Forecasts are also broken down further into the following vertical markets:

  • Administrative and support services, waste management
  • Arts and entertainment
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Finance and insurance
  • Forestry, fishing, and agricultural services
  • Government
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Hospitality and food
  • Information and communication
  • Management of companies and enterprises
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Other services
  • Professional services
  • Real estate
  • Retail trade
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
  • Wholesale trade

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