Americans Are Hanging Up Their Landlines
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There are already more mobile devices in the U.S. than there are men, women and children. And there seems to be no end to consumers’ growing appetite for handheld devices such as smartphones, tablets and feature phones. In fact, by the end of this year there will be more mobile devices on the planet than there are people, according to a report by Cisco’s Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update. The market for smartphones has reached the saturation point in the U.S. The CTIA-The Wireless Association, which tracks mobile use, reveals that wireless penetration has reached 102.2 percent with 326.4 million mobile devices in the U.S. That number has been growing every year, up from 316 million in 2011 and 255.4 million in 2007. We’ve seen a distinct shift away from such communication modes as landlines and desktop computers mainly because mobile devices have become more economical and convenient than landlines. Nearly two in every five homes or 38.2 percent of Americans are living in a household that only uses mobile phones and that number appears to be ticking up roughly two points every six months, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Health Interview Study (NHIS) conducted during the second half of 2012. While not surprising, the results reveal a significant increase in wireless use. Of the more than 20,000 households interviewed, nearly one of every six homes or 15.9 percent received all or nearly all calls on Wireless site acquisitions, despite also having a landline. On the other hand, the number of adults with a landline but no mobile phone has decreased. Although it may be hard to find anyone who doesn’t own a mobile device it’s not impossible. Clearly, younger people are quicker to opt for wireless devices. The percentage of people going wireless steadily decreases as age increases, according to NHIS figures. Only 28.4 percent of those aged 45-64 were totally wireless, and just 11.6 percent of those aged 65 and over. Evidently, seniors tend to hold onto their low-tech landlines. But overall, every age segment has been steadily seeing increases in wireless only usage. The CDC study, including many more statistics, can be found at their CDC website. Cisco also predicts that the growth of mobile devices will increase 13 fold by 2017. The statistics are staggering; claiming that by 2017 there will be 10 billion mobile-connected devices, including machine-to-machine (M2) modules, exceeding the world’s population at that time of 7.6 billion. Mobile devices have become an integral part of our everyday lives. To meet the growing demand and to continually improve service, wireless providers must identify markets, and proliferate the market area with their cell sites. At CW Solutions, Right of way leasing for utilities we provide telecommunications expertise on site acquisition, leasing, title, permitting and zoning to benefit the wireless communications needs of the public and the carriers who provide coverage in that market area.