from Between the Poles
2009 2010 2013
Downloads 2.5 B 4.5 B 21.6 B
Total revenue $4.2 B $6.8 B $29.5 B
In a recent address entitled "Mobile Broadband: A 21st Century Plan for U.S. Competitiveness, Innovation and Job Creation", Chairman Julius Genachowski of the FCC referred to a report by Cisco that North American wireless networks carried 17 petabytes per month in 2009 and forecasting that by 2014, they will carry 740 petabytes per month. Worldwide Cisco is forecasting that mobile data traffic will more than double annually, increasing from 90 petabytes per month in 2009 to 3.6 exabytes per month in 2014.
According to Chairman Genachowski the FCC received a letter from over a hundred companies including Amazon, Apple, AT&T, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, and Verizon requesting more spectrum for mobile broadband. As part of a National Broadband Plan to be announced next month, the FCC is planning to open more spectrum for mobile broadband by freeing up to 500 Megahertz of spectrum over the next decade by means of a “Mobile Future Auction”. The auction will permit existing spectrum licensees, such as television broadcasters, to voluntarily sell spectrum to mobile wireless carriers. The proposal is supported by the Wireless Association (CTIA).