According to Bitkom, a German IT association, sales of products and services from the information and communications technology (ICT) sector rose by 3.8 percent worldwide in 2013, to the record value of €2.84 trillion. “As a result, global ICT markets will probably once again grow faster than the economy as a whole,” predicts Bitkom Managing Director Dr. Bernhard Rohleder.
At 27.1 percent, the U.S. has the biggest share of the global ICT market. The EU's share is 21.3 percent. It is closely followed by the BRIC countries (18.7 percent), where the ICT market is also growing the fastest. But experts predict that in just a few years, most data will be coming from emerging markets such as China and India. According to the IDC, these markets will account for 62 percent of the digital universe in 2020.