CTIA - The Wireless Association U.S. Ubiquitous Mobility Study II

Economic Network Modeling

Sep 21, 2011

Client: Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association

Staff:   Mike Wilson, Luis Rodriguez

Model: CostQuest Cost Model (CQCM)

The ubiquitous deployment of mobile services provides consumers greater safety, convenience, efficiency, and proximity. Transitioning from narrowband to broadband has brought access to information and services almost unimaginable a short time ago. This study, commissioned by CTIA-The Wireless Association® (CTIA), provides a snapshot of the state of mobile broadband deployment, presenting detailed information on where mobile broadband services have been deployed today and what it will take to deliver them ubiquitously through the country. This fact-based study:

  • Considers mobile broadband services powered by Evolution Data Optimized (EvDO) and High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technologies.
  • Analyzes next generation Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) mobile broadband services, powered by Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiMAX networks.
  • Reports the significant investment that will be required to achieve ubiquitous access to mobile broadband services—between 7.8 to 21 billion dollars in initial investment alone—depending on the coverage goal.

CTIA identified these technologies for investigation because they reflect the primary areas of investment by mobile broadband providers as they seek to expand the capacity and coverage of their networks. In addition, the findings regarding mobile broadband services powered by EVDO and HSPA technologies provide a useful update to CostQuest’s previous U.S. Ubiquitous Mobility Study conducted in 2008. Collectively, these mobile broadband services provide consumers increasingly robust broadband connectivity to voice, data, and video services.

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