Ten Amazing Facts About Wireless Tech
By Dennis McCafferty
There are more than 355 million wireless subscribers in the U.S., up from 296 million in 2010.
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.
There are more than 298,000 commercially operational cell sites, up from about 253,000 in 2010.
There are 169.3 billion text messages sent a month, up from 153.3 billion a year ago.
There are 15.4 billion multimedia messages sent every month, up from 10.1 billion a year ago.
There are 204.6 billion voice minutes used every month, down from 218.2 billion a year ago.
97% of U.S. consumers can select among no less than three carriers, as wireless penetration now exceeds 110%.
44% of U.S. households are wireless only.
Every $1 invested in wireless deployments amounts to $10 in added Gross Domestic Product, including impact upon jobs and wages.
The U.S. accounts for 5% of the world’s wireless subscribers, but 32% of LTE subscribers.