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Wireless Industry Growth Skyrocketing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA) today released its mid-year 2003 data survey results, which show skyrocketing data revenues and strong annual growth in overall revenues, subscribership and usage. CTIA’s Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey also shows existing subscribers using their wireless phones more often, and wireless carriers increasing investments to deliver quality services for consumers.

“The wireless industry is sending a clear message to Wall Street and to policymakers – wireless technology is still the best innovator in business today, as it has been for the past 20 years. Despite tough economic conditions, wireless continues to shine as more consumers are using more wireless minutes and choosing more wireless services. And, they’re paying less for the flexibility and convenience of being in touch when, where and how they want to be, by mobile voice or data,” said Tom Wheeler, President and CEO of CTIA. “These numbers are especially impressive when you consider that this week the wireless industry celebrated the 20th anniversary of the very first cellular call in Soldier Field. This is hard evidence that today wireless carriers are more innovative, more competitive and more consumer-focused than ever.”

“Wireless data is advancing at a particularly swift clip, as more companies introduce more features for consumers and business users alike. From ring tones to picture phones, from text messaging to hi-speed wireless Web browsing, wireless data is making waves in both the consumer and business marketplaces,” Wheeler added.

Total Service Revenues Rise Nearly 13% – U.S. carriers earned service revenues of $41.4 billion in the first six months of 2003, up from $36.7 billion in the first six months of 2002.

Data Service Revenues Up 70% – Total reported data service revenues reached $700 million in the first six months of 2003, up 70% from $411 million in the first six months of 2002.

Minutes of Use Up 30% – Total billable minutes of use (MOUs) for the first half of 2003 were over 380 billion – up more than 30% from 292 billion for the first half of 2002.

Monthly SMS Traffic Up Over 31% – Reported SMS traffic for the month of June 2003 was over 1.2 billion – up more than 31% from 930 million in June 2002.

Digital Subscribership Reaches 92% – The number of digital subscribers topped 128.3 million, an increase of nearly 17% since June 2002.

Wireless Investment Up Over 13% – Wireless carriers reported over $134 billion in total cumulative capital investment in the first six months of 2003 – up from $118.4 billion in the first six months of 2002.

Total Wireless Subscribership Up 10% – Overall wireless subscribership increased to 148.1 million by June 2003, from 134.6 million as of June 2002.

CTIA’s Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey develops industry-wide information drawn from operational member and non-member wireless service providers, including Cellular, PCS and ESMR providers. The information collected includes: cumulative capital investment, total service revenues, roaming revenues, the average local monthly bill and the average length of call. For more information on CTIA’s Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey, including additional data, charts and tables, and background information, please go to www.wow-com.com/industry/stats/surveys.

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