Hawaii has a thriving app development industry that is only projected to grow into the coming future. Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows there are 980 app developers in Hawaii, who earn an average yearly salary of $85,270. Hawaii’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations estimates that in the decade leading up to 2022, the number of the state’s app developer jobs will increase by 21 percent.
Hawaii supports the development of its app industry because state officials and business leaders recognize this can have a significant economic effect. A study released in 2012 by CTIA The Wireless Association found that Hawaii’s app industry has a $19 million impact on the state’s economy. Local support is one of the main reasons app developers continue to expand their services in Hawaii, with infrastructure development being another significant factor.
Growth of Wireless Networks and Hawaii’s App Industry
According to FCC records, in 2009 Hawaii had 466,000 residential internet connections. By the beginning of 2014 this number had more than doubled to over 1.19 million residential internet connections. Over that same time period an additional six internet connection providers came to Hawaii, bringing the state’s total number of providers to 23.
In its most recent report, the FCC now calculates that 78.6 of Hawaii’s residents have a broadband internet connection. In another finding, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report in 2013 that shows Hawaii ranks third among all states in the nation as having the highest percentage of its residents – 96.94% – have access to broadband speeds of at least 50 Mbps.
These developments in wireless network speed and areas of coverage have made the spread of smartphones throughout all islands possible. According to recent figures released by the FCC, there are more than 894,000 smart phones and other wireless mobile devices in circulation throughout Hawaii.
The most recent data released by the FCC in 2014 shows the following wireless coverage in Hawaii:
- The vast majority of residents on Honolulu have access to at least three wireless providers.
- Outside of the Haleakala National Park and its surrounding forests, most Maui residents have at least three wireless provider choices.
- Outside the Kalaupapa National Historic Park, most Molokai residents can choose between at least three wireless providers.
- Except for areas in the highest elevations, most residents on the Big Island have at least three choices for wireless providers.