Mobile is a Trillion Dollar Industry

Written by Jason Grigsby on

Tomi Ahonen has another must read post detailing how mobile has become the latest industry to cross the trillion dollar mark.

With multi-billion dollar bailouts being discussed daily, it is hard to put a trillion dollar industry in perspective. As Tomi points out, this dwarfs the entertainment and publishing industries. It is an exclusive group that includes the automobile, food and weapons industries.

2008 also marks the first year that “browser-based content is now accessed by more people using a mobile phone than using a PC on the planet. There are 1.02 billion people who access the internet on a mobile phone versus 950 million personal computers connected to the internet.”

The whole article is worth a read, but I couldn’t agree more with his comments on mobile web sites:

If you have a consumer-oriented website, especially if you are a global brand – shouldn’t you now be taking steps to make sure your site is also suited for mobile phone based internet access? Isn’t it time to register for a dot-mobi domain for yourself (Bank of America had a million visitors to its mobile site), and to instruct your web designers to test and optimize your websites to serve also mobile phone access?

Exactly. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Jason Grigsby

Jason Grigsby is one of the co-founders of Cloud Four, Mobile Portland and Responsive Field Day. He spends far too much time obsessing over mobile and the web. Follow him at @grigs.

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