Mobile Future

Infographic: The (R)evolution of Mobile

New FCC Chair Meets Transformed Wireless Market 

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mobile Future released a new infographic – The (R)evolution of Mobile – pointing to the fundamentally transformed wireless market that is greeting new FCC Chair Tom Wheeler. The state of wireless today looks very different than it did four years ago when the previous chair took the helm. Chairman Wheeler is assuming leadership during a time of unprecedented growth and innovation in the wireless sector. Consumers are embracing mobility and their universal reliance on smart and connected mobile devices has returned a striking consensus: America is in the midst of a mobile (R)evolution.

Mobile Future’s new infographic captures several significant shifts in wireless innovation, investment and demand over the past four years:

  • 56% of U.S. adults now own smartphones; only 20% owned smartphones in 2009.
  • In 2013, 21 wireless providers will offer 4G LTE. In 2009, no providers offered 4G LTE service.
  • Mobile data usage in North America grew nearly ten times from 2009 to 2012.
  • Private sector wireless network investment increased by 62% from 2009- $35 billion in 2013 alone.
  • In 2009, consumers used wireless to text and send the occasional picture. Now we devour data to video chat, browse the web, pay bills, sync to the cloud, stream video, and more.
  • 752,000 jobs have been created in the app economy since 2009.

“As Chairman Wheeler steps into his new role at the FCC, now is a good time to reflect on how far the mobile sector has come in just the last four years, but we are still truly at the beginning of the mobile revolution,” Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter said. “Mobile connectivity is transforming virtually every aspect of our lives and wireless users simply can’t get enough. With incentive auctions and the transition to advanced IP networks on the horizon, this is a pivotal moment for the tech economy. We are confident that with his experience as a venture capitalist and unique understanding of the policy implications, technology challenges and opportunities ahead, Chairman Wheeler will chart a clear course to help ensure continued growth, innovation and opportunity in the dynamic mobile sector.”

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