In 2017, mobile devices surpassed computers as the most common means of Internet access. This is a sign of the growing strength of the mobile industry in the electronics market.

Several factors have contributed to the strength of this industry. Older people are now more keen on using smartphones, statistics show that it is increasingly common in people between 55 to 64 years old, although the percentage was negligible until recently. The popularity of having optical fibre at home has also encouraged the use of smartphones, leading 5000 million people to connect to internet worldwide. Spain has also played a part in this increase as there are one million users more than last year.

Another sign of the success of telephony is the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, not-to-be-missed by manufacturers, users and developers. The congress had more than 100,000 visitors and more than 2,200 companies took part in it, serving as a connection point between users and manufacturers.

The advent of 5G technology takes the mobile industry a step further, increasing the download speed of 4G to the point where movies or videos can be downloaded in less than a second. This technology will reach its peak performance by 2020 so a large increase in the recruitment of mobile technology experts is expected in the coming years.

By 2020, 4.9% of global GDP will be invested in mobile technologies, creating thousands of jobs. All this data only shows that the mobile phone is a device that will stay with us for good and that telephony will assure employment in the future.  The master’s degree in Mobile Telephony at the University of Salamanca, directed by the BISITE Research Group, prepares its students for a very promising future. More information at


Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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