CTIA: Americans used 9.6 trillion megabytes of data in 2015

According to CTIA’s annual Wireless Industry survey report for 2015, approximately 9.6 trillion megabytes of mobile data was used by Americans last year.  The latest ‘mobile-data consumption statistics’ released by CTIA for 2015 underscore a two-fold increase in data consumption by Americans as compared to the 2014 figures; and a three-fold increase over the 2013 statistics which showed that Americans used 3.2 trillion megabytes of mobile data.  To highlight the staggering increase in mobile data consumptio

According to CTIA’s annual Wireless Industry survey report for 2015, approximately 9.6 trillion megabytes of mobile data was used by Americans last year.

The latest ‘mobile-data consumption statistics’ released by CTIA for 2015 underscore a two-fold increase in data consumption by Americans as compared to the 2014 figures; and a three-fold increase over the 2013 statistics which showed that Americans used 3.2 trillion megabytes of mobile data.

To highlight the staggering increase in mobile data consumption by Americans in the year 2015, CTIA – elaborating on the 2015 figures from a different perspective – said that the 2015 data-consumption number is equal to streaming over 59,000 videos a day.

In addition, the newest CTIA report has also revealed that smartphones, unsurprisingly, continue to be consumers’ most preferred device on wireless networks. Nearly 228.3 million smartphones were in use in the US in 2015, as compared to 208.1 million in 2014. The total number of wireless network subscribers touched 378 million in 2015; with 2.8 trillion minutes of use recorded during the year.

Against the backdrop of the latest figures, CTIA CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said that "Americans today have mobile-first lives," and added: "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."

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