Issue #2002 - 03 (January 2002)
OUTLOOK & TRENDS
20 Million Access Lines Lost to
Wireless, study says
Consumers are choosing the convenience of wireless services over
installing an additional wired line, which will result in the
displacement of 20 million access lines by 2005, according to a new
study by IDC.
IDC says this transference will present both great market
opportunities for wireless carriers and a major threat to wireline
As wireless prices continue to fall to landline service levels,
people are using wireless devices in more traditional wireline
environments such as home and work, said Scott Ellison, program
director, Wireless and Mobile Communications.
He added, "Wireless use is now so pervasive that it is seen as
a standard and acceptable way to communicate in most
According to IDCís annual survey of U.S. households with wireless
users, the number of users who reported using their wireless phones at
home increased by 40.9 percent and at work by 58.8 percent from 1999
Trends Attributed to the Shift in Consumer Behavior
- Prices of wireless service plans continue to decline.
- Very large increments of evening and weekend local and long
distance calling continue to be widely bundled into consumer
calling plans at little or no additional cost.
- Wireless networks continue to improve geographic coverage with
continued network build-outs.
For more information: http://www.idc.com
Mobileinfo Comments & Advisory: This
should be a good news for wireless broadband which has faced bad news
most of the time during the past two years.
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