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The Wireless Industry

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Health & Fitness App Usage

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Health & Fitness App Usage

Connected Device Growth

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Connected Device Growth

Wireless Subscribership:

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Wireless Subscribership:

Smartphones in Active Use:

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Smartphones in Active Use:

Wireless Data Traffic:

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Wireless Data Traffic:

5G & Agriculture

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5G & Agriculture

Farmers Smartphone & Tablet Usage

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Farmers Smartphone & Tablet Usage

Rural Coverage

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Rural Coverage

Mobile Phones as Travel Accessory

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Mobile Phones as Travel Accessory

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.

Smartphone Use in Travel

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Smartphone Use in Travel

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.

Economic Impact of Drones: Jobs

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Economic Impact of Drones: Jobs

Drones will have a significant economic impact across the United States. Drone commerce is expected to create 100,000 new jobs by 2025.

Economic Impact of Drones

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Economic Impact of Drones

Drones will have a significant economic impact across the United States. Drone commerce is expected to add $80B to the economy.

Robocall Apps on the Rise

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Robocall Apps on the Rise

Mobile Download Speed

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Mobile Download Speed

In the United States, there has been a 61% increase in average mobile downloads speeds since 2014.

Total Subscriber Connections

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Total Subscriber Connections

Wireless is a necessity. Today there are more than 396 million connections in America, equal to 121% of the U.S. population.

Smartphones in Active Use

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Smartphones in Active Use

The number of smartphones in active use grew 15% from 2015 to 2016.

Increase in Wireless Taxes and Fees

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Increase in Wireless Taxes and Fees

The average U.S. wireless bill has dropped to $41.50 per month – a 17% reduction since 2008—but taxes on wireless service have increased 22% in that same amount of time.

5G Will Spur Growth

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5G Will Spur Growth

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.

5G Will Drive Investment

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5G Will Drive Investment

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.

5G Will Create Jobs

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5G Will Create Jobs

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 in 2018

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Smartphone Data Will Surpass Fixed Broadband in 2018

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 Invests in America

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Wireless Invests in America

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.

Consumer Choice

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Consumer Choice

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.

Towers and Small Cells

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Towers and Small Cells

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.

Small Cell Costs

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Small Cell Costs

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.

5G Healthcare Savings

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5G Healthcare Savings

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.

Smart City Benefits

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Smart City Benefits

5G will generate $160B in smart city savings by enabling lower energy use and less fuel consumption.

Driverless Cars

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Driverless Cars

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.

What Consumers Want When Picking a New Place to Live

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What Consumers Want When Picking a New Place to Live

When moving, Americans value reliable wireless service more than affordable housing, good schools, and good commute times.

What Would Consumers Give Up for Their Smartphone?

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What Would Consumers Give Up for Their Smartphone?

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.

Smart Grid Savings

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Smart Grid Savings

5G smart grids could generate $1.8 trillion for the U.S. economy, saving consumers hundreds each year.

Wireless is Indispensable

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Wireless is Indispensable

80% of Americans consider wireless service indispensable.

Global Mobile Users

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Global Mobile Users

There are 5.1B unique mobile users globally.

Job Impact

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Job Impact

Employing 1 person in the wireless industry results in an additional 7.7 people finding employment.

Smartphone Ownership

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Smartphone Ownership

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.

Wireless-Related Jobs

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Wireless-Related Jobs

The wireless industry drives our economy and supports 4.7M jobs.

Smartphone Use

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Smartphone Use

89% of people can’t live without their smartphones and/or always have them within arm’s reach.

Americans Support Small Cells

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Americans Support Small Cells

7 out of 10 Americans support more small cell deployments.

Customer Satisfaction

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Customer Satisfaction

73% of Americans are satisfied with their wireless telephone service.

Jobs Pay More

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Jobs Pay More

Wireless jobs are good jobs, paying 50.2% higher wages than the average job.

Wireless Taxes and Fees

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Wireless Taxes and Fees

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.

Small Cell Support

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Small Cell Support

7 out of 10 Americans and more than 80% of small business leaders support more small cell deployments.

Anti-Virus Programs on Smartphones

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Anti-Virus Programs on Smartphones

50% of Americans have an anti-virus program installed on their smartphones.

Nationwide 4G Coverage

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Nationwide 4G Coverage

99.7% of the U.S. population lives in census blocks covered by 4G LTE.

Americans’ Use of Smartphone Security

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Americans’ Use of Smartphone Security

Today, nearly 80% of consumers enable security on their smartphones, an increase of 54% from five years ago.

Remote Locate, Lock, and Erase Smartphone

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Remote Locate, Lock, and Erase Smartphone

60% of Americans report having the ability to remotely locate, lock, and erase their smartphones.

Auction Revenue

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Auction Revenue

Since 1994, the U.S. government has raised over $100 billion in revenue from wireless companies participating in FCC spectrum auctions.

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