According to a new white paper produced by CTIA, on average it takes 13 years to reallocate spectrum for commercial wireless use.
The wireless industry and related telecom industries are full of trade associations, but their financing, revenue and operations can sometimes be opaque. Thanks to tax filings though, our sister publication FierceCable has published data from the telecom industry's 11 largest trade associations that show the groups' yearly revenues, trade show income and more. Special report
The number of wireless towers in the U.S. is shrinking. According to the CTIA, there were 298,055 towers in December 2014, down from 304,360 in December 2013. Capital investment also dropped from $33.1 billion in 2013 to $32.1 billion in 2014, the trade group said.
CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.
Two vastly different narratives on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless market emerge from various filings carriers and trade associations made with the FCC as it prepares its latest annual competition report. On the one hand, AT&T Mobility argues "competition has gone into overdrive." On the other, the Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to find that the industry is not effectively competitive, and take steps to remedy the state of the industry.
Americans continue to guzzle more wireless data, but data traffic is not increasing at the rapid rate it once was, according to a new report from CTIA. The report also found that wireless service revenue fell in the U.S. last year; service revenue had increased every year since 2000 before last year, the trade group's report said.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler called for smartphone makers and wireless carriers to add anti-theft features to all mobile phones.
CTIA shrugged off a federal appeals court decision that will let the FCC's net neutrality rules go into effect today and said it was confident that the FCC had overstepped its bounds in issuing the regulations. While Verizon Wireless and AT&T toed the line set by CTIA and other telecommunications trade groups, Sprint said it was fine complying with the net neutrality rules.
The FCC's net neutrality rules will go into affect today. The rules ban blocking, throttling and prevent companies from paying to get access to fast lanes to deliver content. AT&T, CenturyLink and other telecom groups requested a stay of the FCC's new net neutrality rules but those requests were not granted by a D.C. Federal Circuit Court.
CTIA and PCIA are teaming up to fight a lawsuit by Montgomery County, Maryland, that seeks to toss out rules the FCC adopted last fall intended to speed up the deployment of wireless infrastructure.