Wireless data adoption up, but prices down
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. That 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.