Boosting GDP through mobile broadband

Imperial College of London, UK


Productivity improvements play a key role in spurring economic development, which in turn creates a wide range of new opportunities that enable more people to come out of poverty.


As part of our efforts to better understand the economic impact of mobile communication, Ericsson has been running a joint research project with Imperial College London.


We published the first study of the impact of mobile broadband on economic growth. The results show that, on average, a 10 percent increase in the mobile broadband adoption ratio causes a 0.8 percent increase in GDP.

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Mobile broadband boosts the economy, report reveals

In a report conducted in collaboration with the Imperial College of London, Ericsson Research confirms that when a country adopts mobile broadband, the result is solid overall economic development.

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Global goals

Supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

The highlighted Sustainable Development Goals are included in the project.

“Many countries in the developing world have used mobile broadband technology to leapfrog in their economic development in the past 10–15 years. I believe that if these countries, and others, continue to invest wisely in mobile broadband, they will have an excellent opportunity to continue to reap the benefits of continuous productivity improvements and new economic opportunities that simply would not be possible without mobile broadband.”

- Harald Edquist, Master Researcher in Macroeconomics at Ericsson Research