GSMA: Expansion of Mobile Data Will Provide Better Access to Healthcare

Today at the kickoff of Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, the GSMA announced in a new report that mobile operator data revenues will overtake voice revenues globally by 2018.

The development with transpire “as we move towards a fully connected world.”

In particular, the GSMA report points to how innovative mobile connected products and services will “revolutionize” people’s lives by 2018. According to the GSMA, mHealth could save $400 billion in healthcare costs in OECD countries.

Other projections include:

  • Connected cars could save one in nine lives through emergency calling services
  • mEducation can reduce student drop-outs by eight percent or 1.8 million children
  • Smart metering can cut carbon emissions by 27 million tonnes – the equivalent of planting 1.2 billion trees

In developing countries, mHealth could help save one million lives in sub-Saharan Africa, the report projects.

“Mobile data is not just a commodity, but is becoming the lifeblood of our daily lives, society and economy, with more and more connected people and things,” says Michael O’Hara, GSMA’s Chief Marketing Officer. “This is an immense responsibility and the mobile industry needs to continue collaborating with governments and key industry sectors to deliver products and services that help people around the world improve their businesses and societies.”

To review the complete GSMA-PwC report, click here.

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