Mobile Data Revenues Blow Past $17 Billion in Q3 of 2011

On Tuesday, new data published from Chetan Sharma Consulting indicated that mobile data service revenues in the United States blew past $17 billion in the third quarter of 2011. That growth represents not only a 5 percent quarter-over-quarter spike but also a 22 percent jump year-over-year. Verizon and AT&T had “a good mobile data quarter” …   Read More

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On Tuesday, new data published from Chetan Sharma Consulting indicated that mobile data service revenues in the United States blew past $17 billion in the third quarter of 2011.

That growth represents not only a 5 percent quarter-over-quarter spike but also a 22 percent jump year-over-year.

Verizon and AT&T had “a good mobile data quarter” accounting for 62% of the increase in data revenues in Q3 2011, the firm reports. For the quarter, AT&T and Verizon accounted for 69% of the market data services revenues and 62% of the subscription base.

Verizon maintained its #1 ranking again just edging past NTT DoCoMo who came in at number two with $5.95B in data revenues for the quarter. AT&T maintained its #3 position with $5.6B in data revenues. Sprint and T-Mobile maintained their #6 and #8 rank in the top 10 mobile data operators list for Q3 2011.

“It is very clear that mobile will be at the center of the human evolution for years to come,” Chetan Sharma Consulting contends. “Mobile collapses time and distance and as such impacts every facet of our lives. While we have come to know the mobile phone as a communications device, their role in our daily lives has been expanding. From checking emails, paying for tickets, sending money transfers, taking pictures of your kids, watching soccer World Cup live, checking commodity pricing, to emergency response to mHealth (mobile Health), mobile devices have become an essential tool to help us navigate our day.”

To read more about the impact of mobile’s evolution, check out the firm’s paper “How Mobile Will Change The Way We Spend.”

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  1. Matthew

    I think this will be the peak for the mobile data providers if they don't start to explore Wi-Fi or another form of delivering data outside of 3/4G. With Wi-Fi being offered to consumers by a lot of brick-and-mortar's (with that number constantly growing) and mostly for free, why wouldn't you just jump over to your nearest McDonalds or Starbucks and do your browsing, emailing and texting from there and avoid major data plans and the charges that come along with them? I predict a few things as a result….cable companies to gain some losses of the AT&T's and Verizon's out there (wi-fi becoming more prevalent) or the mobile data providers begin to start realizing a shift from their mobile data plans to other services…e.g. FiOS etc. The questions is, will these mobile data providers embrace the change or will they resist and watch this number begin to erode?….

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