CTIA released figures showing mobile internet data traffic in the US rose 69.3 percent in 2012 as compared to a year ago. Mobile internet traffic rose from 866.6 Billion MB in 2011 to 1.468 Trillion MB in 2012. There is a sharp drop in terms of rate of growth compared to a year ago. In 2011 the growth rate was 123 percent compared to 2012, which has now shrunk to 69.3 percent in 2012 from 2011.
CTIA also highlighted that the annual network investments mobile operators in the US grew by 19 percent from $25.3 Billion in 2011 to $30.1 Billion in 2012. This translates to an investment of US$ 94 per subscriber in the US compared to US$ 16 per subscriber for the rest of the world!
“The U.S. wireless industry’s record-setting level of network investment is clear proof of its continued commitment to providing Americans with superior 4G coverage. The wireless industry invested billions of dollars to improve their networks and their customers’ coverage in 2012, fueling the ‘virtuous cycle’ of innovation,” said Steve Largent, president and CEO of CTIA. “The numbers clearly prove our members are key drivers of the U.S. economy, which will be enhanced by making more spectrum available for commercial use.”
Some key statistics from the 2012 year end survey are as below:
- Wireless subscriber connections: 326.4 million (102 percent penetration); 2011: 315.9 million (3.3 percent increase).
- Total prepaid / pay-as-you-go subscribers: 76.4 million (23.4 percent of subscribers); 2011: 71.7 million (6.6 percent increase).
- Wireless network data traffic: 1.468 trillion megabytes; 2011: 866.8 billion (69.3 percent increase).
- Active smartphones and wireless-enabled PDAs: 152.1 million; 2011: 111.5 million (36.4 percent increase).
- Wireless-enabled tablets, laptops and modems: 22.3 million; 2011: 20.2 million (10.2 percent increase).
- Minutes of Use (MOU): 2.2999 trillion; 2011: 2.2955 trillion (4.4 billion minute increase or .2 percent).
- SMS sent and received: 2.19 trillion; 2011: 2.3 trillion (4.9 percent decrease).
- MMS sent and received: 74.5 billion; 2011: 52.8 billion (41 percent increase).
Source: Wireless Federation.