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Source: CTIA National Tracking Poll by Morning Consult, Nov. 15, 2016.
2018 was the first year that mobile became the largest revenue stream in the global gaming market.
Wireless is a necessity. Today there are more than 400 million connections in America, equal to 1.2 wireless devices for every person in the country.
The number of smartphones in active use grew 31% from 2014 to 2017.
Wireless data traffic increased by nearly four times between 2014 and 2017.
According to travelers, the most important trip accessory is not a pair of headphones, nor a camera, not even a loved one—it’s a mobile phone, picked by 76 percent of global travelers.
A 2016 survey of American smartphone users found that 51 percent use their devices for travel-related activities. Seventy-one percent of those do so at least weekly. In 2016, the majority of daily visits by U.S. consumers to top travel websites came from mobile web, and 44 percent of American smartphone users have searched for discounts on their phones while taking trips.
Drones will have a significant economic impact across the United States. Drone commerce is expected to create 100,000 new jobs by 2025.
Drones will have a significant economic impact across the United States. Drone commerce is expected to add $80B to the economy.
In the United States, there has been a 61% increase in average mobile downloads speeds since 2014.
The number of smartphones in active use grew 4% from 2016 to 2017.
The average U.S. wireless bill has dropped to $41.50 per month – a 15% reduction since 2008—but taxes on wireless service have increased 22% in that same amount of time.
America’s wireless companies stand ready to invest $275 billion into building next-gen 5G networks, according to Accenture. This will create 3 million new jobs and add $500 billion to the economy.
Smartphone data will surpass fixed broadband this year, and by 2021 will account for nearly 38% of all digital data use in the U.S. (compared to 27% for fixed broadband), according to PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Wireless companies make significant, long-term investments in America and wireless companies rank first and second in a list of companies that make the largest annual domestic investment.
America’s wireless companies compete hard for every consumer’s business. Nearly every American can choose between three or more providers and there are nearly 100 providers nationwide.
There are 154,000 cell towers today. To meet growing mobile data demands and win the Race to 5G Accenture projects we will need to install hundreds of thousands of small cells in the next few years. S&P Global Market Intelligence projects more than 800,000 small cells deployed by 2026.
Some municipalities charge $30K/year just to access a pole, as well as application fees of $15K. To meet growing data demands and win the Race to 5G we need lower fees and application costs.
Goldman Sachs estimates that connected devices could create $305 billion in annual health system savings from decreased costs and mortality due to the enhanced ability to monitor and communicate with patients managing chronic illnesses.
5G will generate $160B in smart city savings by enabling lower energy use and less fuel consumption.
Deloitte estimates that self-driving cars enabled by 5G could reduce emissions by 40-90%, travel times by nearly 40% and delays by 20%. A 2013 study by the Eno Center for Transportation estimated that self-driving cars could save 21,700 lives and $447 billion per year.
When moving, Americans value reliable wireless service more than affordable housing, good schools, and good commute times.
72% of consumers said they would give up chocolate for their smartphone, 65% said they would trade TV, 63% said they would give up coffee.
5G smart grids could generate $1.8 trillion for the U.S. economy, saving consumers hundreds each year.
80% of Americans consider wireless service indispensable.
There are 5.1B unique mobile users globally.
Employing 1 person in the wireless industry results in an additional 7.7 people finding employment.
The share of Americans that own smartphones is now 77%, up from just 35% in Pew Research Center’s first survey of smartphone ownership conducted in 2011.
The wireless industry drives our economy and supports 4.7M jobs.
89% of people can’t live without their smartphones and/or always have them within arm’s reach.
7 out of 10 Americans support more small cell deployments.
73% of Americans are satisfied with their wireless telephone service.
Wireless jobs are good jobs, paying 50.2% higher wages than the average job.
A typical American household with 4 wireless phones paying $100 per month for wireless voice service can expect to pay about $221 per year in wireless taxes, fees, and surcharges – down from $223 in 2016.
7 out of 10 Americans and more than 80% of small business leaders support more small cell deployments.
Almost half of Americans also have an anti-virus program installed on their smartphone, a 52 percent increase since 2012.
99.7% of the U.S. population lives in census blocks covered by 4G LTE.
Nearly three quarters of Americans use PINs/passwords on their smartphones, an almost 50 percent increase from 2012, when we first asked about the adoption of this practice.
Nearly 60 percent of American smartphone owners reported being aware that they have the “find your phone” capability on their device, allowing them to remotely locate, lock and erase software on their smartphones.
Since 1994, the U.S. government has raised over $100 billion in revenue from wireless companies participating in FCC spectrum auctions.