CTIA: Mobile data revenues up 27 percent

SAN FRANCISCO--Mobile data revenues in the U.S. approached $25 billion during the first half of 2010, up 27 percent in contrast with the first six months of 2009, according to new data issued by CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Speaking here at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications 2010 event, CTIA president Steve Largent said data accounted for a little more than 25 percent of U.S. operators' total revenue during the first half of 2010; as of June, data made up 31 percent of revenues. In addition, carrier networks delivered more than 161 billion MB of data over the first half of the year, compared to 108 billion MB during the second half of 2009.

Largent said the explosive growth of data services highlights the importance of granting carriers the freedom to retain control over their network operations, without government intervention. Referring to the current FCC debate over net neutrality, Largent said "Network management isn't some abstract concept--it's a must. Carriers must be allowed to put their engineering expertise into practice. In order for wireless to work for everyone, our networks must be managed in a unique way. It's just that simple."

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