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Mobiles will contribute $12b of productivity in 15 years

AUSTRALIA'S love of mobile phones is pumping up the national economy and it has nothing to do with Facebook or Angry Birds.

A new report suggests the rise of these powerful devices will contribute $12 billion worth of productivity and create up to 3600 new jobs in less than 15 years.

Research from Deloitte Access Economics forecast the mobile trend from 2012-2025.

Its Mobile Nation report found workers were keen to bring their own powerful devices to work, rather than wait for their IT departments to supply them.

Deloitte Access Economics director Dr Ric Simes said mobile users and the way they use technology were "changing how business operates and making our economy more productive".

"Of course the full long-term social impacts of mobiles may not be unambiguously positive and are emerging only slowly," he said.

"As they do, policy makers are being asked to make ongoing assessments to also shape the impacts."

The figures suggested the value of mobile technology to Australia's national productivity would reach $11.8 billion by 2025.

In 2011, the contribution of these mobile devices were believed to add about $495 million in productivity gains, growing to $1.3 billion in 2016.

Topics:  jobs mobile phones productivity


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