Device connectivity speed: One half of an equation

37% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
75% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
35% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
89% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
38% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
101% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
40% CAGR (2011-2015)
Moving from 3G to 4G
45% CAGR (2007-2011)
Moving from 2G to 3G
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From the user's perspective, the mobile experience starts with the speed at which the device receives data and applications. That speed is the combined result of the speed capability of the modem technology inside the device, which is fixed, and the speed capability of the infrastructure, which can vary.

4G poised to drive the industry in 2015


Thus, wireless speed is a complicated component to measure. So complicated, in fact, that the Mobile Technologies Index breaks it into two components, each with its own metric:

  • Device connectivity speed (in Megabits per second per dollar (Mbps/$)
  • Infrastructure speed in average Megabits per second (Mbps)

This article provides our forecast for device connectivity speed, explaining the metric and how we calculate it, and explores some implications for mobile innovation.

PwC forecasts a compound annual growth rate of 37% for average aggregated device connectivity speed as measured in Mbps/$ through 2015. Put another way, average aggregated device connectivity speed will be four times greater in 2015 than in 2011.