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Wireless data adoption up, but prices down

By 22 March 2011 One Comment

The CTIA has released its survey results for 2010 (Year-End 2010 Top-Line Survey Results PDF).  The survey has some of the most comprehensive data on the wireless industry as it covers 95.5% of all wireless subscribers in the country so it should be a valuable resource for analysts.

Here are some of the more interesting facts from the 2010 report

  • There are now 302.9 million wireless subscribers, up 6% from 2009.
  • Wireless penetration is at 96%.
  • Minutes of voice usage is slightly down in 2010 compared to 2009, from 2.275 trillion to 2.241. ┬áThat would indicate an average of 616 minutes per wireless subscriber.
  • MMS is up 64% to 56.6 billion messages, which seems to explain a slight decline in voice usage.
  • Data traffic is up 110%, and now at 226.5 billion megabytes.
  • 78.2 million active smartphones, up 57% from 2009.
  • 270 million data capable devices, up 5.3% from 2009.
  • 242 million web capable devices, up 1.5% from 2009.
  • Wireless enabled tablets, laptops, and modems (not Wi-Fi) is up 14.2% at 13.6 million devices.
  • Average data+voice monthly fee is down 2% to $47.21 despite increased data adoption.
  • Wireless industry capital expenditures rose 22% from 2009 to $24.9 billion.

From these numbers, it would indicate a healthy segment of the U.S. economy.

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