Last month, we blogged about the U.S. 'spectrum crunch,' as mobile phone traffic nears wireless network limits (analysts are predicting a spectrum deficit as early as next year).
Today, a new infographic from Mobile Future helps to better illustrate ramifications of the spectrum crunch.
"Just five years ago, consumers turned to their phones for basic communications - placing calls, checking email and sending texts," writes Mobile Future, a telecom lobbying group. "Today, those phones have morphed into a range of mobile devices that place the power of information in the palms of our hands."
Some big reasons why wireless spectrum is being consumed at a record pace:
- 792 mobile apps are downloaded each second.
- 29 million mobile users streamed music in 2011.
- Video content accounts for 52% of all mobile data traffic.
- Facebook hosts 1627 mobile status updates per second.
- Twitter boasts 13 million mobile users.
- Instagram reported a 1,900% increase in the number of photos posted in a single year
And so, Mobile Future is urging the FCC and the U.S. government to "swiftly and responsibly" invest in more spectrum to "fuel our mobile future."