Bruce P. Mehlman
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According to an April 2009 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project 85 percent of respondents in a recent study told researchers that they have a smart phone or cell phone, but only 32 percent said they’ve used it to go online.
There’s much less of a gap with laptops. 47 percent reported having one, 39 percent say they’ve accessed the internetnet with it via a wireless connection.
Per-minute mobile wireless prices, lower than in any other major country, have dropped 89% since 1994.
Mobile wireless carriers employ more than 268,000 people, a figure that has grown an annual average of 6% for the past four years.
Today, there are 270 million mobile wireless customers—up from 100 million eight years ago.
They used 2.2 trillion wireless minutes last year—10 times as many as in 2000.
While the average download speed for residential broadband subscribers in the United States is currently 2.3 Mbps, residential subscribers in Japan now average 63 Mbps. Moreover, service providers in Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore either offer 1 Gbps residential service now or are planning to have comprehensive 1 Gbps residential service in the near future, and South Korea is complementing its fiber rollout with 10 Mbps wireless 4G services for mobility.
First, there are relatively few users sharing the capacity of a wireless connection in a rural or remote area so speeds to individual users could be higher than in larger cities.
Second, remote areas often have more spectrum available for use than busier metropolitan areas (23).
Wireless data traffic grew 1,000 percent last year.
Den Cubley, CEO at ERF Wireless states that in rural America, for every dollar spent on a wireless technology, a wired equivalent would cost 8 or 10 dollars.
Four-fifths of wireless devices in the US can tap into mobile broadband [CTIA].
North America (not just US) is ranked highest in connectivity, but lowest in total lines. There are 73 million wired lines and 295 million wireless connections