May 24, 2022

Statistics and Data: FCC Releases Mobile Wireless Industry Competition Report

The 118th report (120 pages; PDF) was released by the Federal Communications Commission on December 23, 2015. It contains many charts and tables.

From the Introduction of the Report:

Mobile wireless services are an essential part of Americans’ daily lives. Mobile handsets are no longer used only for voice communication, email, social networking, and web browsing, but are increasingly used as hubs for entertainment, mobile commerce, home automation, and to connect other personal devices such as smart watches, fitness trackers, and health monitors. Further, mobile wireless serves a critical role in public.


In its presentation of a multitude of industry data on various aspects of mobile wireless competition, this Report follows the model adopted by the Seventeenth Report, which is data-centric, combining a concise analysis with a substantial use of Tables and Charts in accessible data formats. As with previous Reports, including the Seventeenth Report, the analysis in this Report is based on a consumer-oriented view of mobile services. This Report therefore follows our practice of undertaking an analysis of all mobile wireless services, including voice, messaging, and broadband. Consumers view various mobile voice, messaging, and data services as interchangeable with one another, and as a result, it is important to consider potential substitutes when analyzing the competitive landscape for these services, and to evaluate the mobile wireless industry as a whole, rather than just focusing on the provision of services classified as commercial mobile radio services (“CMRS”). Thus, this Report analyzes competition across the entire mobile wireless marketplace, including key market segments such as spectrum and infrastructure.

FCC: 18th Mobile Wireless Competition Report by LJ's infoDOCKET

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