Broadband inaction leads to $7 trillion in lost GDP each year, claims analyst

Oliver Johnson, Point Topic

Point Topic's CEO claims many politicians are "not brave enough" to push the broadband agenda

Tax revenues worth as much as US$ 1.4 trillion per year are being missed by governments around the world as a result of sluggish rollout of fixed broadband networks, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

Speaking at the CommunicAsia event currently taking place in Singapore, Point Topic CEO Oliver Johnson said: “[There is] a US$ 6.9 trillion per year increase in GDP that we’re not getting because we don’t have broadband everywhere.”

He added that this can be ascribed to a combination of poor IT knowledge on the part of many politicians, the huge outlays involved in national broadband projects, and the fact that they often take longer to implement than the average government’s term of office.

Despite estimating that it would cost around €200bn to wire up Europe with fibre, Mr. Johnson added that the investment would “easily” be recouped within ten years.

Point Topic released a new study earlier this week which estimated that consumer value-added services are set to triple for the telecoms industry from US$ 125bn worldwide in 2011 to US$ 420bn in 2020, with current top earner VoIP to be trumped by IPTV during the period – more details here.

Via Total Telecom

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