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Want A Job? Upgrade Your Wireless Network

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- What's the difference between 3G and 4G? About 1.6 million jobs.

That's the math according to Washington think tank NDN, which released a study Wednesday on the effects of U.S. wireless carriers' transition to next-generation networks.

The nationwide switch from 2G to 3G technology led to the creation of 1.6 million jobs, the study's authors concluded. That growth took place between April 2007 and June 2011, when the country overall lost 5.3 million jobs.

To arrive at that number, NDN's researchers analyzed the annual wireless usage data derived from a separate Nielsen study. They compared that with changes in wireless technologies in each state and with changes in statewide employment. (The full methodology is laid out in the paper, which is available on NDN's website.)

The research concluded that for every 10% of U.S. cell phone and tablet users who upgrade to a new network technology, the nation will increase jobs by 0.07 percentage points in the following quarter.

It sounds like a small number, but it adds up: By September, the study predicts the 4G network transition will have directly created 231,690 U.S. jobs.

"Frankly, I didn't expect the numbers to be as good as they were," said Robert Shapiro, co-author of the study and former undersecretary of commerce during the Clinton administration. "We all knew there was job destruction associated with advancements in Internet technologies, but this proves that the job creation is significantly greater." click here to read the full story

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