Before transitioning to Broadband internet, I used Dial-up internet connection. And I’ve seen how much transitioning to lined Broadband can improve your productivity. And this applies to both hard and occasional or ‘intermittent but regular’ users of internet.
If a webpage, or a Youtude video or a presentation slide (accessed online)loads and buffers fast, you save precious seconds. And this enhances productivity. 3G can increase your productivity as well, says a new Study.
India may not have fully graduated to mobile 3G yet, but the spread of 3G mobile networks in a country, has the real potential to increase GDP and productivity, a new survey claims. I agree to it (What, all the mobile operators in India has to do, is make the 3G a little expensive to use).
In a survey of 14 countries by GSMA/Deloitte using Cisco data, a 10 per cent rise from 2G to 3G penetration was found to increase GDP per capita growth by 0.15 percentage points. And a doubling of mobile data use led to an increase of 0.5 percentage points in the GDP per capita growth rate, on average.
The Study says that, the increase in GDP and productivity also increases with the increase in the level of mobile data consumption per 3G connection. In countries where the level of mobile data consumption per 3G connection is comparatively higher, the growth was even more marked. The examples are Russia, UK and South Korea, which saw GDP per capita growth of up to 1.4 percentage points.
On the other hand, the countries where mobile data usage is currently less prevalent, such as China, India, Mexico and South Africa, this increase is less visible. But, since these developing countries are in the earliest phase of 3G adoption (most productively bent people will adopt the technology), a 10 per cent expansion in mobile penetration increased productivity by 4.2 percentage points, as countries without the same broadband coverage as Western countries are increasingly connected through mobile technology.
The Current Picture:
Broadband connectivity can be positively linked to productivity increase. But till now, the conventional internet, the cabled one which we used on our stationary PCs didn’t allow this perception to proliferate. As people around the world, are now increasingly connecting to the Internet via multiple wireless devices; I assume this “link between Fast internet and productivity increase” will be more visibly felt.
3G serves the productivity thing well, as the technology is mainly for Data consumption. Total mobile data usage has more than doubled on average every year from 2005 to 2010 in each of the 96 countries in the sample. In Western European countries, it grew by 350 per cent.