Spending on telecoms products and services is growing the fastest, expected to jump by nearly 5% to $1.3tn in 2002. Gartner says that, worldwide, firms will spend 3.6% more on software and 2.8% more on IT services this year.
But spending on hardware is still falling, with a drop of 1.3% in 2002 compared to a 13% fall in 2001.
"The telecommunications segment is being driven by the fixed and mobile telecom services markets," said Dean Eyers, head of Gartner Dataquest's telecoms group.
According to Gartner, European firms' IT spending will grow more slowly than the global average, increasing by just 1.7% this year.
However, the UK is experiencing much faster growth in IT spending, estimated at more than 6% this year, according to separate research by Computer Weekly and Kew Associates based on 60,000 UK IT budget holders. But this figure includes spending on internal IT staff, which is not included in the Gartner figures.