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Mobile Data, Including Streaming Video Increases in Popularity

Randy Sukow / May 24, 2016

There has been more than one wireless device in activation in the United States than there are people since 2013. Now, according to CTIA’s newly released survey of wireless industry statistics, it won’t be too long before there are two devices for every individual. The survey results show 15.7 percent penetration of mobile devices in the U.S. population compared to 104.3 percent in 2013.

That translates to 377.9 million total active devices in 2015, a 6.3 percent increase over the previous year. Those devices moved 9.65 trillion megabytes of data for the year, a 127.6 percent increase over 2014. Streaming video was the most prominent reason such explosive growth. The desire for over-the-top video seems insatiable.

But it’s not as if people have stopped talking on their phones. Americans used 2.5 minutes of mobile voice time, a 17.4 percent increase.

Revenue from all of this mobile activity reached $191.9 billion. That was a $4 billion increase over 2014 and a $78.4 billion increase over 10 years before in 2005.

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