The rapid adoption of cloud computing is enabling U.S. telecom companies to take full advantage of the potential impact of fourth-generation cellular wireless networks (4G) by allowing developers and entrepreneurs to analyze the market's response to new applications, content, solutions and business models, according to a new report from consulting firm Deloitte.

"Cloud computing will allow handheld devices to be more compact and efficient while making them tremendously more useful and powerful," Phil Asmundson, vice chairman and U.S. media and telecommunications sector leader at Deloitte LLP said in a statement.

"Applications, storage and computing power all can largely reside in the cloud, but only if connectivity is robust, reliable and secure,” Asmundson said. “The benefits of 4G and cloud go beyond the telecom sector. Together, 4G and cloud technologies support the kind of entrepreneurial ecosystem that has made the United States a mobile broadband leader."

The Deloitte reports says wireless telecommunications companies in the U.S. could invest $25 billion to $53 billion in 4G networks between 2012 and 2016, triggering $73 billion to $151 billion in gross domestic product growth and creating as many as 771,000 jobs.

The report, "The Impact of 4G Technology on Commercial Interactions, Economic Growth, and U.S. Competitiveness," investigates the economic dynamics surrounding 4G technology and explains how the U.S. can maintain the global leadership position in mobile broadband innovation.

The advent of high-performance wireless capacity, combined with cloud infrastructure and other advances, is generating new offerings and capabilities that exceed what has been possible with 3G technology, the report says.



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