2012 CTIA Survey: U.S. Wireless Operators' CapEx Rises to New Heights

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 press release.

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 include:

  • Wireless subscriber connections: 326.4 million (2011: 315.9 million).
  • 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: 866.8 billion)
  • 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 trillion).
  • SMS sent and received: 2.19 trillion (2011: 2.3 trillion).
  • MMS sent and received: 74.5 billion (2011: 52.8 billion).
Written by Kevin Kutcher at 14:00
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