Claiming that the U.S. wireless industry has been unfairly characterized over the past year as inferior to European markets, CTIA has filed an ex parte with the FCC comparing the U.S. wireless market to the top 10 countries by GDP.
CTIA put together a comparison using six different market metrics and found that the U.S. is tops in five out of the six measurements. CTIA compared number of subscribers, average minutes of wireless use, amount of revenue carriers derive from each minute of use, market share held by the two largest carriers, number of facilities-based carriers in the market with more than 1 million subscribers and the number of subscribers served per MHz of spectrum.
When compared to the top 10 countries, CTIA found that the American wireless market boasts the highest number of subscribers, the lowest revenue received per minute of use, the highest average monthly minutes of use, the largest number of carriers with more than a million subscribers and the least concentrated market.
“We hope that the presentation of this independent data will bring to an end the inaccurate statements that are being made about the U.S. market,” said Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of Regulatory Affairs for CTIA, in a statement.
A full copy of CTIA’s report can be found at www.ctia.org.