CTIA: Wireless Subs Surpass US Population

U.S. wireless subscriber connections surpassed U.S. population for first time

October 11, 2011

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SAN DIEGO --­ For the first time in history, the semi-annual surveyconducted by CTIA-The Wireless Association® shows the number of wirelesssubscriber connections (327.6 million) has surpassed the population(315.5 million) in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico,Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), which means the wireless penetrationrate in the U.S. is 103.9 percent. The survey, released today at CTIAENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS 2011, tracks U.S. wireless trends includingsubscribership, usage, revenue and investment from January 2011 to June2011.

The survey also showed a 111 percent increase in wireless datatraffic. The tremendous increase in data usage, wireless subscriberconnections and other metrics from the survey underscore the industry¹sneed to purchase more spectrum from the federal government to meet thesignificant demands by consumers and businesses so Americans continue tolead the world with the best wireless products and services.


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