The CTIA says wireless providers are in a desperate race against the clock and need more spectrum, yet their very own numbers reveal a different story. Tim Farrar of Telecom, Media, and Finance Associates, says wireless data growth is actually slowing.
Last week, CTIA trumpeted the latest results of their semi-annual wireless industry survey with the headline “Consumer Data Traffic Increased 104 Percent.” Among their conclusions were that Americans have a voracious appetite for mobile data, and that the wireless industry in turn needs more spectrum to meet those demands.
However, underlying the statistics are numbers that tell a far different story: in fact, there was a dramaticslowdown in wireless traffic growth during the first half of 2012. Of course, CTIA doesn’t want anyone to realize that, because it is significantly at variance with CTIA’s narrative of an impending “spectrum crunch”into which so much lobbying effort has been invested.
via The myth of the wireless spectrum crisis — Tech News and Analysis.
The idea of sharing spectrum between federal agencies and commercial wireless carriers is becoming more popular, and while the CTIA has voiced support for the idea in principle, the lobbying group is more focused on clearing government spectrum for commercial use.
via CTIA embraces spectrum sharing, but sees it as second-best option – FierceWireless.
Calls upon government to free up more bandwidth
CTIA: The Wireless Association said it was pleased the president had acknowledged the rise of mobile device use in his memo directing government agencies to make information more accessible to those devices, but it used the opportunity to call on the government to free up more bandwidth to handle all that information.
“CTIA and the wireless industry are pleased to see the president recognizes that more Americans continue to rely on their mobile devices for anytime and anywhere access, including the Internet,” said CTIA president Steve Largent in a statement. “At the same time, we hope the president and his administration remain focused on getting more spectrum for the U.S. wireless industry so our members may handle the significant data usage of Americans now and in the future.”
via CTIA: President Should Stay Focused on Spectrum – 2012-05-23 18:16:19 | Broadcasting & Cable.
The U.S. wireless industry plays a vital role in Americans’ lives and in America’s economy.
More than 40,000 of the world’s wireless industry experts, policymakers and enthusiasts were in New Orleans recently for International CTIA WIRELESS 2012. A stream of new and cool wireless products and services were unveiled, including announcements by AT&T’s Connected House, MasterCard’s PayPass Wallet, HTC’s Droid Incredible 4G and Samsung’s Focus 2.
The announcement of these products seems like a beginning but the reality is that product announcements are long in the making. Part of the reason for that is because of the need for spectrum, the fuel for the wireless industry and its “virtuous cycle” of innovation. As long as our members have access to spectrum, the networks are upgraded to be faster and handle more capacity. Then the device manufacturers create new capabilities. Content creators then develop new uses and apps, so consumers can benefit from all of it. But it all starts with spectrum.
via Opinion: More spectrum means more innovation – Steve Largent – POLITICO.com.
Since 1985, CTIA has conducted an in-depth analysis of industry wide data drawn from member and non-member wireless service providers. This data reflects the results for companies serving 95% of wireless subscribers as of December 31, 2011.
via CTIA Wireless Industry Indices Report is Now Available | CTIA-The Wireless Association® Blog.
I have a confession to make: I like CTIA Wireless. A lot of my colleagues in tech media are down on the show, saying that it’s dying. They’re right in one sense. CTIA is long past its prime as a premier showcase of new devices, services and other big industry news, having been superseded by CES and Mobile World Congress earlier in the year. But I like the show just the same.
I’ve always been more of a networks and technology guy than a gadget guy, so the new device launches don’t excite me the way they do my peers. What I like about CTIA is that it brings together a bunch of smart people from interesting companies who are excited by the future of wireless networking.
via CTIA: The good, the bad and the very, very ugly — Broadband News and Analysis.
COMMENT – Someone has been drinking the Kool-Aid. The politicians have been TAUGHT to listen to the wireless carriers story, and swallow it ‘hook, line and sinker’. (more like a stinker…) I would have to ask “Hey Bill…whose payin’ you to say these things?” The cooperation seems to be along the lines of simply taking…where’s the give? – MisterDTV
Bill Clinton told attendees at the CTIA tradeshow that the wireless industry is a good example of people working together to solve problems and he urged politicians to take note.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton took the stage here on the final day of the CTIA trade show to emphasize the need for cooperation in solving problems domestically and abroad. And he pointed to the wireless industry as a good example of how this cooperative spirit has created an industry that is changing people’s lives.
via Bill Clinton: Politicians should learn from the wireless industry | CTIA 2012 – CNET Reviews.