Mobile Data Traffic More Than Doubled Last Year, According to CTIA
Posted at 5:09 p.m. on June 17
CTIA says that wireless data traffic more than doubled to 3.2 trillion megabytes in 2013, from 1.5 trillion megabytes the previous year.
The group, which represents the wireless industry, released its annual industry survey and contended that its findings show the need for more wireless spectrum.
The FCC’s currently in the process of setting up an incentive auction of broadcast spectrum for wireless use and in a statement, the group’s new president and CEO, Meredith Attwell Baker said:
The continued remarkable growth in mobile broadband underscores the critical importance of the upcoming AWS-3 and broadcast incentive spectrum auctions to the future viability of the mobile ecosystem. We must all work together to ensure those auctions are successful.
She went on to say:
As our nation’s carriers invest billions of dollars every year to provide consumers with the world’s best wireless networks, products and services, we need to redouble our efforts to work collaboratively to identify additional spectrum bands for mobile broadband use to meet future consumer demands. We need to start a new dialogue with all affected stakeholders to develop a long-term strategic spectrum vision for 2020 and beyond.
The former FCC commissioner told reporters Tuesday that the group will be looking for other bands for incentive auctions: “We want to do it again.” The AWS-3 auction is set to begin in November, and the broadcast incentive auction is scheduled for 2015.