U.S. wireless subscriber connections increased 7% between 2010 and 2011, reaching 331.6 million, according to CTIA – The Wireless Industry Association. Wireless penetration has reached 104.7 — greater than one device per person, the CTIA said.
The CTIA research, titled “CTIA Wireless Industry Indices Report” includes wireless service providers serving 95% of U.S. wireless subscribers as of Dec. 31, 2011. Highlights of the research are included in a blog post penned by Dr. Robert Roche, head of CTIA’s research department.
Other highlights of the latest, semi-annual industry-wide survey include:
- Wireless network data traffic: 866.7 billion megabytes; Dec. 2010: 388 billion megabytes (123 percent increase).
- Active smartphones and wireless-enabled PDAs: 111.5 million; Dec. 2010: 78.2 million (43 percent increase).
- Number of active data-capable devices: 295.1 million; Dec. 2010: 270.5 million (9 percent increase).
- Wireless-enabled tablets, laptops and modems: 20.2 million; Dec. 2010: 13.6 million (49 percent increase).
- Minutes of Use (MOU): 2.296 trillion 2010: 2.241 trillion (2 percent increase)
- SMS sent and received: 2.304 trillion 2010: 2.052 trillion (12 percent increase).
- MMS sent and received: 52.8 billion 2010: 56.6 billion.
- Average local monthly wireless bill (includes voice and data service): $47.00; Dec. 2010: $47.21.
The “CTIA Wireless Industry Indices Report” includes total service revenues, wireless data service revenues, roaming, toll and vertical service revenues, as well as presentation and analysis of current and historical industry trends. More high-level views of the report are available on CTIA’s website, where you can also order the entire report.