Sunday, April 11, 2010

ABI: Verizon Wireless, Sprint Outpace AT&T in Mobile Data Volume

In 2009, Verizon Wireless and Sprint each carried more mobile data traffic than AT&T, according to ABI Research. Verizon Wireless carried the most, followed by Sprint. Customers of these two operators generated 63% of the US market's mobile network data traffic.

Although AT&T had the most activated data devices in 2009, its two rivals served more mobile data card users. Laptop users with 3G data card consume far more bandwidth than handset users.

ABI Research predicts that Verizon will maintain the top data traffic position over the next five years. AT&T's share of mobile data traffic will increase and by 2012 AT&T will take the number two position. The final three spots for top mobile data traffic levels will be held by Sprint, T-Mobile and then all other operators. However, even though operator traffic distribution share will change, nearly all operators will see mobile data traffic levels increase eightfold from 2010 through 2014, according to the company.