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 de Mayo de 1971, Salamanca, España) Catedrático en la Universidad de Salamanca. Ha sido Vicerrector de Investigación desde el 2013 hasta el 2017 y Director del Parque Científico de la Universidad de Salamanca. Elegido dos veces como Decano de la Facultad de Ciencias, es Doctor en Ciencias de la Computación por la Universidad de Salamanca y, además, es Doctor en Inteligencia Artificial por la University of the West of Scotland. Dirige el Grupo de Investigación Reconocido BISITE (Bioinformática, Sistemas Inteligentes y Tecnología Educativa), creado en el año 2000. Director del IOT Digital Innovation Hub y presidente del AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado también es Profesor Visitante en el Instituto Tecnológico de Osaka desde enero de 2015, Profesor visitante en la Universiti Malaysia Kelantan y Miembro del Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado ha sido presidente de la asociación IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, y coordinador académico del Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Arte y Tecnología de la Animación de la Universidad de Salamanca e investigador en las Universidades de Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) y en el Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). En la actualidad compagina toda su actividad con la dirección de los programas de Máster en Seguridad, Animación Digital, Telefonía Movil, Dirección de Sistemas de Información, Internet de las Cosas, Social Media, Diseño e Impresión 3D, Blockchain, Z System, Industria 4.0, Gestión de Proyectos Ágiles y Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings​, en la Universidad de Salamanca y su trabajo como editor jefe de las revistas ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) o Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado desarrolla principalmente trabajos en proyectos relacionados con Inteligencia Artificial, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids y Análisis de sentimiento.

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