Like much of the rest of the country, Alabama’s application development industry is hot. In just three years the number of wireless-only households has doubled, while the 10-year outlook for app developers will see an additional 140 jobs in this field added across the state every year.
Alabama’s App Evolution
The app market in Alabama has grown in close correlation with the expansion of its wireless device market. In 2008 Alabama had 3,887,000 wireless subscribers, with just over 32 percent of its population living in a household that relied solely on a wireless connection. By the end of 2011 it had 4,491,000 wireless subscribers, while the percentage of people living in wireless-only households more than doubled.
These numbers are taken from the FCC’s recent annual report, which also details that more than 1.8 million Alabamans now have internet data plans for their mobile devices. As such it can safely be said that at least 37.5 percent of Alabama’s population enjoy using mobile apps, and that number is only projected to grow steadily in the future.
Compared with other states Alabama is relatively saturated with coverage areas. Most residents have their pick of any of the four-largest wireless companies in the United States, and there are only a few places – around the Walls of Jericho and in the William B. National Forest – where reception might be an issue.