Ten Amazing Facts About Wireless Tech

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-22-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Wireless Nation

    There are more than 355 million wireless subscribers in the U.S., up from 296 million in 2010.
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    Device Mania
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    Device Mania

    There are 208 million existing smartphones and 35 million tablets, laptops and wireless broadband modems, up respectively from 78 million and 14 million in 2010.
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    Upwardly Mobile
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    Upwardly Mobile

    There are more than 298,000 commercially operational cell sites, up from about 253,000 in 2010.
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    Busy Fingers

    There are 169.3 billion text messages sent a month, up from 153.3 billion a year ago.
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    Broadcast News
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    Broadcast News

    There are 15.4 billion multimedia messages sent every month, up from 10.1 billion a year ago.
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    Dwindling Dialogue
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    Dwindling Dialogue

    There are 204.6 billion voice minutes used every month, down from 218.2 billion a year ago.
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    Freedom of Choice
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    Freedom of Choice

    97% of U.S. consumers can select among no less than three carriers, as wireless penetration now exceeds 110%.
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    Exclusive Access

    44% of U.S. households are wireless only.
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    Every $1 invested in wireless deployments amounts to $10 in added Gross Domestic Product, including impact upon jobs and wages.
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    The U.S. accounts for 5% of the world’s wireless subscribers, but 32% of LTE subscribers.
 

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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