Ten Amazing Facts About Wireless Tech

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-22-2015 Email

A seemingly insatiable demand for all things mobile continues to translate to immense growth for the wireless industry, according to recently released research from CTIA: The Wireless Association. The resulting survey reveals that U.S. carriers invested $32 billion in capital expense over the last year, compared to $25 billion in 2010. Meanwhile, annual data traffic has grown from 388 billion MB to just over 4 trillion MB during the same time span. From the customer side, the number of existing devices and texts sent continues to soar. And in supporting this data-intensive consumption, the U.S. now commands a large share of LTE subscribers. “Americans enjoy the best wireless experience in the world,” said Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of CTIA, “from the fast 4G/LTE networks that are available to more than 98 percent of the country to the trend-setting devices and countless apps created every day … Wireless consumers rely on and enjoy their mobile connectivity more than ever, and, to meet those needs, wireless carriers annually invest tens of billions into our world-leading wireless industry. The year-over-year pressure of skyrocketing mobile data and device growth highlights the need for a long-term national spectrum plan so that Americans continue to enjoy new and innovative wireless offerings.” The following research and facts are compiled primarily from CTIA survey data taken from companies that serve 97.8% of all estimated wireless subscriber connections, with addition findings from organizations such as 4G Americas.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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