More Than One Billion Mobile Workers Worldwide by Year's End, According to IDC

Researchers predict that one-third of the world's workforce will be mobile by 2013.

IDC: Researchers at IDC believe the mobile workforce will cross the one billion mark before the year ends, and by 2013 it will include 1.2 billion people, or one-third of the world's total workforce.

"Vast opportunities exist for bringing a variety of mobile technologies to the world's workforce," said Sean Ryan, IDC research analyst. "Outside the United States and Japan, where mobile worker population penetration has essentially peaked, there are large worker populations that are still growing."

Nearly three-quarters of the U.S. workforce is mobile, but in emerging markets, only 13.5 percent of the workforce uses mobile technology.

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