U.S. Wireless Subscriber Connections

U.S. Wireless Subscriber Connections

Proof Point

The number of U.S. wireless subscribers grew drastically from just 233 million in 2006 to almost 396 million in 2016

U.S. Wireless Subscriber Connections

2006 – 2016 (millions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Wireless Subscriber Connections – Total number of active devices including smartphones, feature phones and tablets
  • Active Devices Growth – Grew from 233 million in 2006 to nearly 400 million units in 2016, increasing 5.4% annually on average
  • Multi-device Ownership – Resulted in 123% penetration rate in 2016 from 78% in 2006, as many users today own more than one wireless device
  • Key Drivers – Include lower-cost mobile devices, increasing functionality, proliferation of mobile-based applications that increase productivity and provide new forms of entertainment, improving wireless network connectivity, and increasing mobility of people





Date Last Updated

October 18, 2017

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