The Canadian wireless industry contributed $41.2 billion to the domestic economy in 2009, a new report by U.K.-based Ovum Consulting says. The report, commissioned by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and released Tuesday, said the wireless sector contributed more than $17.2 billion to GDP through the sale of goods and services; $14.98 billion through suppliers in the supply chain; and more than $9 billion in “consumer surplus,” or the amount contributed through consumer wireless services “above and beyond what they pay for the services.” The Ovum report said that in 2009 the industry invested a $2.95 billion in capital expenditures and, despite the economic downturn, increased network capital expenditures by 60 per cent over the previous year. "The industry's benefits to Canada are even further validated by the fact that in 2009, when the economy as a whole contracted by 2.8%, the wireless sector was setting record levels of investment,” Bernard Lord, president and CEO of the CWTA, said in statement. The CWTA said in a release that the wireless industry invested between $1.1 billion and $1.9 billion per year year in capitalized equipment and services from 1996 to 2007. Ovum said that the Canadian industry employed more than 261,200 people in 2009 with an average salary of $60,031. The Canadian average salary was $43,895, the report said.