CTIA: Wireless Data Service Revenue Up 63 Percent

CTIA The Wireless Association said Tuesday wireless data service revenue for the first half of 2007 rose to $10.5 billion, a 63 percent increase over the first half of 2006.

Wireless data revenue now amounts to 15.5 percent of all wireless service revenue, and represents money that consumers spend on non-voice services, the organization said.

The survey also revealed that text messaging again set new records, with 28.8 billion messages reported in the month of June alone almost 1 billion messages a day. This represents an increase of 130 percent over June 2006. Wireless subscribers continue to capture and send more pictures and other multimedia messages, sending 2.6 billion MMS messages in the first half of 2007 almost as many as all of 2006.

As of June, the industry survey recorded more than 243 million wireless users. This represents a year-over-year increase of almost 24 million subscribers. The industry’s 12-month record for subscriber growth was reached in 2005, when 25.7 million new users came online.

Other highlights of the survey include: wireless customers using more than 1.1 trillion minutes in the first half of 2007, up 18 percent over the first half of 2006, and generating more than $67 billion in total wireless revenue in six months.

The CTIA Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey was released at CTIA WIRELESS IT & Entertainment. The world’s largest data show, with more than 350 exhibitors and 15,000 attendees, is taking place between through Oct. 25 in San Francisco.

CTIA The Wireless Association

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