May 25, 2022

Americans’ Wireless Data Usage Continues to Boom, CTIA Annual Wireless Industry Survey Released)

From CTIA:

CTIA today released its Annual Wireless Industry Survey, which found Americans used a record 13.72 trillion megabytes (MBs) of mobile data in 2016, an increase of over 4 trillion MBs over 2015 and 35 times the volume of traffic in 2010.

The amount of data traffic sent over wireless networks in 2016 -13.72 trillion MBs – is the equivalent of 1.58 million years of streaming HD videos.



Source: CTIA

Some other key findings from this year’s survey:

Data-intensive mobile devices continue to rise

Heavy traffic-generating devices, smartphones and wireless-enabled tablets and laptops, now total 309.8 million of the 395.9 million devices on carrier networks – a 238% increase since 2010.

There are more wireless devices than Americans

With 395.9 million total active devices in the U.S., adoption is now equal to 120.6% of the U.S. population, or more than 1.2 wireless devices per American.

Industry committed to building world-leading networks

A record 308,334 cells sites were in operation in 2016, representing a 57% growth over the last decade, thanks to over $26 billion invested in 2016 alone.


Source: CTIA

The complete report is a fee-based document. Additional Info/Order.


Direct to 2017 Report Summary/”Wireless Snapshot”
Free to access. 8 pages; PDF.

Direct to 2016 Report Summary
Free to access. 4 pages; PDF.


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