Wireless Industry Innovation: We’re #1

In the last couple of weeks, the CTIA blog has been focused on some of the wireless industry’s innovations, such as apps and devices. We’ve also highlighted our members’ $71 billion investment in capital expenditures in 2008-10, the 110% increase in data traffic between 2009-10 and the additional 500 billion text messages exchanged in 2010 versus 2009.

Today’s post is a quick review comparing the offerings by the U.S. wireless industry for our consumers versus the rest of the world. While some may find some of the facts surprising, most of us who are in the wireless industry will find the updated statistics helpful as we continue to educate policymakers and the media about the numerous innovations and benefits our industry provides Americans.

The United States wireless industry is the best. Now here are the facts that prove it:

  • Lowest revenue per minute of OECD countries. Unless otherwise indicated, these facts (and the chart below) are from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
    • Average revenue per minute is nearly 70% lower than the averages of the other 25 countries.
    • Average revenue per minute is nearly 70% lower than the average European country.
    • At the end of 2010, the average revenue per minute in the U.S. was $0.04.
    • Across Europe’s developed countries, the average revenue per minute was $0.13.
    • As a result, the average wireless consumer in Europe used just 172 minutes a month compared to 793 minutes a month for the U.S.
    • Most minutes of use (MOUs) – 2.24 trillion MOUs in 2010 (or 6.1 billion MOUs per day), according to CTIA’s semi-annual survey.
    • Highest MOUs per month per user and the lowest average revenue per minute of service of the 26 OECD countries tracked by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
  • Largest mobile data market.
  • Most mobile Internet users than any other country, according to Nielsen Mobile.
  • Adoption of wireless Web, accounting for 29.3% of all mobile Web surfing.
  • 3G technology has been deployed to more than 98% of the U.S. population, according to the FCC 14th Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions.
  • Even though the U.S. population is less than 5% of the world’s total population according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Informa Telecoms & Media Group says the total U.S. subscribership is less than 6% of the world’s total wireless subscribers. Yet the U.S., according to Informa, is home to more than 164 million global 3G and 4G subscribers (or approximately 20%).  

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  1. avatar Norm Burns