6 Million Go Wireless Only for Broadband

By the end of 2011, 6.05 million U.S. households will depend on a wireless or mobile platform (including 3G or 4G) as their only means of accessing the Internet, according to research just published by Strategy Analytics. The number represents 6.9% of total U.S....

By the end of 2011, 6.05 million U.S. households will depend on a wireless or mobile platform (including 3G or 4G) as their only means of accessing the Internet, according to research just published by Strategy Analytics. The number represents 6.9% of total U.S. broadband connections and a 430,000 net increase over 2010 levels. Mobile-only customers typically connect to broadband using 3G or 4G-enabled smartphones or PC dongles, and are unable or unwilling to use a wired broadband service such as cable, DSL or fiber.

More than 50% of US household broadband connections today are via cable modem, and this share is expected to increase slightly over the next five years, according to Strategy Analytics. DSL is declining and gradually giving way to fiber and mobile-only connections.
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