Survey: Mobile Data Caps Matter

Previously unpublished survey results give us some feel for how mobile operators feel about data caps, 4G network spending and mobile device usage

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2012

Wireless operators are using data caps to defend profit margins, they're seeing a sharp rise in tablet usage, and they expect capital spending on 4G networks to grow more than 10 percent in the next three years. That's what we learned from a recent survey of mobile operators on their views about mobile device usage and network spending.

We've excerpted this survey, conducted in October by Heavy Reading and InformationWeek with results from 60 mobile operators and 230 business technology professionals, to graphically show just the results from mobile operators for this article.

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About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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