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CTIA: “Wireless Quick Facts” For 2010

April 2, 2011

Stats that stand out:

  • “Wireless-Only Households” (% of U.S. Households) is 26.6%, which means nearly 75% of all US homes continue to have a landline.
  • Look at the MAMMOTH increase in “Annualized Wireless Data Revenues” from 2005 to 2010!
  • And then compare that to the unbelievable increase in “Monthly Text Messages.”

http://www.ctia.org/media/industry_info/index.cfm/AID/10323

Wireless Quick Facts
Year End Figures

Topic Dec-10 Dec-05 Dec-00 Dec-95
Wireless Subscriber Connections 302.9M 207.9M 109.5M 33.8M
Wireless Penetration equals
% of total U.S. population
96% 69% 38% 13%
Wireless-Only Households1
% of U.S. Households
26.6% 8.4% N/A N/A
Direct Carrier Jobs 250,393 233,000 184,000 68,000
Wireless Carrier Payroll2
Direct Carrier Wages
$13.2B $12.2B $1.8B $1.7B
Annualized Total Wireless Revenues $159.9B $113.5B $45.3B $19B
Annualized Wireless Data Revenues $50.1B $8.5B $211.2M N/A
Annualized Incremental Capital Investment $24.9B $25.2B $18.4B $5.1B
Minutes of Use 2.2T 1.5T 258.8B 37.8B
Monthly Text Messages 187.7B 9.8B 14.4M N/A
Annualized Yearly Text Messages 2.1T 81B N/A N/A
Cell Sites 253,086 183,689 104,288 22,663
E-911 Calls3
Per Day
>296K 260K 139K 55K

K=Thousand             M=Million                B=Billion                 T=Trillion
1Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January – June 2010, National Center for Health Statistics, December 2010.

2BLS Series data, 2009.

3CTIA Wireless 9-1-1 and Distress Calls.

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