Forecast global information technology (IT) spending from 2012 to 2020, by segment (in billion U.S. dollars)

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This statistic shows global IT spending, broken down by segment from 2012 to 2015 and also offers a forecast to 2020. Worldwide spending on devices (PCs, tablets, mobile phones, printers etc.) came to 646 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. Spending on IT services is estimated to reach 900 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.

Global IT spending by segment – additional information

Since 2005, global IT spending has risen almost every year. In 2014, spending peaked at 3.7 trillion U.S. dollars, falling to 3.5 trillion U.S. dollars in 2015. While 2016 is predicted to bring renewed, albeit limited, growth, not all of the information technology sector's major segments will succeed in the coming year, with spending on devices and communication services is expected to fall slightly.

The communications services sector, traditionally the segment of the IT industry that generates the most revenue, was worth 1,472 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. While it will remain the largest segment for some time, spending is expected to fall further to 1,454 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2016. Wireless services spending, which accounts for a significant portion of communications services, are predicted to be worth more than 1 trillion U.S. dollars in 2016. Further loss to IT spending is also projected for the devices market. Spending in this market, which includes personal computers, tablets, ultramobiles, and mobile phones, is forecast to drop to 641 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.

In contrast, software, data center systems, and IT services are all forecast to grow in 2016. The enterprise software industry is projected to hit 326 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2016. Spending on IT support services is expected to reach 177 billion U.S. dollars by 2018. Data center systems, which encompasses the management of back-end IT systems and data stores, will also experience slight growth, with annual spending reaching 175 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2016.

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