Wireless carriers invest $32 bn as Capex in U.S. in 2014: CTIA

Wireless carriers invested more than $32 billion towards Capex (capital spending) in the U.S. in 2014, according to the CTIA annual survey.

Over the last six years, wireless carriers invested $166 billion as Capex.

Americans used 4.1 trillion MB of data in 2014, a 26 percent increase over 2013, said CTIA. There are more than 208 million smartphones and more than and 35.4 million tablets in the U.S., accounting for 68 percent of all mobile devices used on wireless networks.

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CTIA said that every minute Americans exchange 3.6 million text messages (SMS), exchange almost 300,000 videos and photos (MMS) and use 7.7 million MB of data.

There are now more than 355 million total wireless subscribers, or 36 million more devices than Americans, a wireless penetration rate of 110 percent.

4G LTE networks are available to more than 98 percent of the country, said CTIA.

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