There Are More Wireless Devices Than Americans

May 17, 2017

Reprinted from Inside Towers

CTIA 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.

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 percent 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 percent of the U.S. population, or more than 1.2 wireless devices per American.
  • Industry is committed to building world-leading networks.
  • A record 308,334 cells sites were in operation in 2016, representing a 57 percent growth over the last decade, thanks to over $26 billion invested in 2016 alone.

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