About This Statistic
This statistic shows global information technology (IT) spending, broken down by segment, from 2012 to 2016, with additional forecasts to 2021. Global spending on devices such as PCs, tablets, mobile phones, printers, etc., came to 630 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 and is expected to increase to 654 billion U.S. dollars in 2017. Since 2005, global IT spending had risen almost every year. In 2014, spending peaked at 3.7 trillion U.S. dollars, falling to 3.4 trillion U.S. dollars in 2015. 2016 brought renewed, albeit limited, growth, while the IT industry is expected to grow by some four percent in 2017.
The communications services sector, traditionally the segment of the IT industry that generates the most revenue, was worth 1,374 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. Wireless services spending, which accounts for a significant portion of communications services, were predicted to be worth more than 1 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016.