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What is the impact of mobile telephony on economic growth? A report for the GSM Association

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This study covers the impact of mobile telephony on economic growth in both developing and developed markets, focusing on the existing lack of exploration of the relationship between economic growth, 3G telephony and mobile data use.

The report has been prepared by Deloitte LLP for GSMA, and presents an analysis of a series of econometric models considering the extent to which changes in the availability and use of mobile services have affected economic growth and productivity. This analysis extends previous work in the area, and also provides the first estimates of the impact on GDP per capita growth of consumers substituting a 2G connection with a 3G connection. 
It also shows that over the years, availability of mobile telephony services such as SMS and Mobile to Mobile ("M2M") have improved productivity and social inclusion in sectors such as agriculture, education, finance and health.