Americans' data usage more than doubled in 20152016-05-24 03:12 by Daniela
According to recent report from the CTIA, Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes (MB) of data in 2015, three times the 3.2 trillion MB in 2013. This means 18 million MB in every minute.
The figures also show that smartphones are the most popular wireless devices in the U.S. 70 percent of the population now owns a smartphone, which makes more than 228 million smartphones. This is an increase with almost 10 percent from 2014. Tablet share has also increased since 2014 - currently more than 41 million tablets are connected to wireless networks.
Mobile devices are a preferred way of communication for Americans. In 2015 they talked more than 2.8 trillion minutes on their mobile phones, up more than 17 percent from 2014. More than 2.1 trillion texts, videos and photo messages were sent.
"Americans today have mobile-first lives. In 2014, we had a record amount of data on our 4G networks. Remarkably, the amount of traffic on mobile networks more than doubled last year and shows no signs of slowing down. I'm proud our industry invested more than $30 billion to keep up with our demand and support millions of jobs. Our record growth also highlights the continued need for a national focus on making more spectrum available to the mobile industry," said Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO, CTIA.
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