The US mobile broadband market would appear to be moving towards maturity, judging by the growth forecast in a new report from market data provider Research and Markets. The industry is expected to see its pace of expansion slow down in the period 2011-2016 but it will nevertheless grow at a healthy compound annual rate of 27.4% during the five-year stretch under analysis, Research and Markets predicts.
Between 2007 and 2011 the US mobile broadband industry grew at a compound annual rate of 33.6%, generating revenues of USD50bn last year. Consumption volumes expanded by 46.7% in that period, reaching 236.3 million subscribers in 2011.
Over the five years to 2016 the industry is expected to deliver revenues of USD167.7bn. The analysis undertaken by Research and Markets does not include Internet access by means of fixed wireless technology. It covers mobile broadband services allowing users to connect to the Internet through their mobile phones or computers by utilising cellular networks such as 3G or higher. The connection is made either via USB modems, embedded SIM cards or satellite technology.
Research and Markets measures volume by the number of mobile broadband subscriptions, which are grouped under three headings. Standard mobile subscriptions are services where broadband is made available by means of a mobile device but there is no separately purchased dedicated data subscription. Dedicated data is a service where mobile broadband is provided through a subscription bought separately from mobile services like voice and messaging. The third group is satellite, which provides mobile Internet access through satellite technology.
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