U.S. wireless providers upped their annual network investments
19% to $30.1 billion in 2012 from $25.3 billion in 2011, according
to CTIA - The Wireless Association's latest annual survey, the highest amount since
the industry association began conducting its industry survey in
1985. 2012's U.S. total represented 25% of worldwide wireless
capital expenditures, an outsized percentage given the U.S.
accounts for just 5% of wireless users worldwide, CTIA notes in a
U.S. wireless providers' capital expenditures per subscriber far
outdistance those of counterparts in other countries: collectively
they invested $94 per subscriber as compared to $16 per subscriber
for the rest of the world, according to CTIA. Moreover, U.S.
wireless providers invested more than $296 billion since 2000,
excluding more than $35 billion that has been spent to acquire
spectrum in federal government auctions.
Highlights of CTIA's year-end 2012 survey
- Wireless subscriber connections: 326.4 million (2011: 315.9
- Total prepaid / pay-as-you-go subscribers: 76.4 million (2011:
71.7 million (6.6 percent).
- Wireless network data traffic: 1.468 trillion megabytes (2011:
- Active smartphones and wireless-enabled PDAs: 152.1 million
(2011: 111.5 million).
- Wireless-enabled tablets, laptops and modems: 22.3 million
(2011: 20.2 million).
- Minutes of Use (MOU): 2.2999 trillion (2011: 2.2955
- SMS sent and received: 2.19 trillion (2011: 2.3 trillion).
- MMS sent and received: 74.5 billion (2011: 52.8 billion).