Mobile Future

Spectrum: Fueling the Mobile Future

Watch Mobile Future’s animation, “Spectrum: Fueling the Mobile Future,” which explores the staggering growth in consumer mobile usage and the need to balance the nation’s airwaves to meet exploding consumer demand. For more information, watch the Mobile Future webinar: Spectrum Challenges for Consumers, Mobile Innovation & the Economy or read The Spectrum Imperative: Mobile Broadband Spectrum and its Impacts for U.S. Consumers and the Economy.

Highlights of Spectrum: Fueling the Mobile Future

The nation’s consumers have developed an extraordinary appetite for wireless products and services across a dizzying array of applications and devices. The massive growth of internet mobility, however, is quickly exceeding the available wireless spectrum, the invisible infrastructure that powers the mobile ecosystem. Sharply increasing data consumption could have long-term negative impacts on the consumer experience if additional wireless spectrum is not made available soon. For more information, watch the Mobile Future webinar or


  • By 2012, more than half of all new phones purchased will be smartphones.
  • A smartphone uses 24x more spectrum than a regular phone. An iPad uses 120x more.
  • By 2014, 70% of all consumer electronics will be wirelessly connected to the Internet.
  • If we don’t allocate more spectrum for mobile, our nation’s appetite for wireless will out-strip capacity as soon as 2014.