May 20, 2022

New Report: Americans’ Wireless Data Usage More Than Doubled in 2015 vs. 2014

From the CTIA :

Today, CTIA, The Wireless Association released its annual survey results, which found Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This is the equivalent of consumers streaming 59,219 videos every minute or roughly 18 million MB.

Smartphones are the number one wireless device in the U.S. and still growing

  • There were more than 228 million smartphones, which was up almost 10 percent from 2014. 70 percent of the population now owns a smartphone.
  • There were more than 41 million tablets on wireless networks, up 16 percent from 2014.

Americans prefer mobile devices to communicate

  • Americans talked more than 2.8 trillion minutes on their mobile phones, up more than 17 percent from 2014.
  • Americans exchanged more than 2.1 trillion texts, videos and photo messages, or more than four million every minute.
Mobile Trends in the United States, 2014-2015
2014 2015 The Delta
Subscribers 355.4 million 377.9 million +6.3%
Smartphones 208.1 million 228.3 million +9.7%
Data Traffic 4.1 trillion MB 9.6 trillion MB +137.6%
Minutes of Use 2.5 trillion 2.8 trillion +17.4%
SMS/MMS traffic 2.07 trillion 2.11 trillion +1.7%
Incremental Capital investment $32.0 billion $31.9 billion -0.3%
Cumulative Capex $430.6 billion $462.6 billion N/A

Direct to Survey Web Page and Methodology

Direct to Detailed Numbers From 2015 (PDF)

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