CTIA: U.S mobile data traffic surged 123% in 2011

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NEW ORLEANS--Mobile data traffic increased 123 percent in 2011 over the previous year, according to CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Speaking here at the CTIA Wireless 2012 conference, the organization's President and CEO Steve Largent said there are now 295 million data-capable devices in the U.S., a 9 percent increase over 2010. Smartphones and connected PDAs total more than 111 million, up 43 percent over year-ago numbers.

There are now more than 321 million wireless subscribers in the U.S. as of the end of 2011. Device penetration stands at 105 percent, up 7 percent year-over-year.

Largent said the increase in subscribers and mobile data activity underlines the need for lawmakers to increase the spectrum available to operators. "Getting spectrum is the number one goal of CTIA," he said.

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