Friday, February 10, 2006

Juniper Research: Spend on Mobile and Wireless by Education Authorities to rise from $827m in 2005 to $6.5bn by 2010

According to Juniper Research, "the market for mobile and wireless in the education sector will grow exponentially from $827 million in 2005 to $6.49 billion in 2010. Overall expenditure will be made up of sums for the buying in of handheld and portable wireless end-user devices, network hardware, systems software, and outsourced ICT services."

Juniper sates "Wi-Fi has been widely used since 2002 by major educational institutions for wireless broadband campus networks," and believes "the much greater range and higher data-transfer speeds of WiMAX / 802.16 are driving its emergence as a wide-area broadband infrastructure solution for educational networks."

Dr Douglas Houston at Juniper Research said, "802.16 technologies are set to have wide market impact over the next 5 years. Major operators worldwide including BT and AT&T have conducted WiMAX trials. Among their objectives has been the testing of 802.16 wireless networks' effectiveness in extending existing services to remote locations without wired infrastructures. The standard's ability to provide wireless broadband backbones is making it of considerable interest for government and education in developing countries."

The report's findings include the following:

  • Mobile and wireless expenditure in education on systems software will rise from $0.123bn (2005) to $0.987bn (2010), overtaking expenditure on systems hardware, which will stand at $0.825bn in 2010.
  • Portable and handheld end-user telecommunications devices will form the largest component of overall expenditure on mobile and wireless systems in education; sales of over 12 million units will generate revenues of $2.756bn by 2010.
  • Advances in memory capacity, display and input technology, and seamless interoperability will gradually raise the number of handheld devices acquired annually for use in education to 7.535 million by 2010, overtaking procurement of wireless laptops.