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GLOBAL INNOVATION + TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

Bandwidth Boom: Measuring U.S. Communications


Capacity from 2000 to 2008
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY > June 24, 2009
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• Residential bandwidth per capita grew 50x.
• The average Americanʼs personal
communications power grew almost 100-fold • Wireless bandwidth per capita grew 499x.
over the last eight years.
• Total consumer bandwidth per capita grew 84x,
• Contrary to dismal assertions of a digital Dark for a compound annual growth rate of 74%.
Age, the first generations of real broadband
enabled a new boom in digital applications that • Nominal U.S. info-tech investment totaled some
spread widely to consumers in the home and on $3.5 trillion.
the go.
Looking forward:
• Mooreʼs law, combined with smarter regulatory
policies and big infrastructure investments, • New applications like real-time interactive video
yielded dramatic gains in consumer bandwidth and a projected 66-fold explosion in mobile data
and the diversity of communications channels. by 2013 will require continued large
investments in broadband networks and related
• Mobile phone and wireless bandwidth grew communications infrastructure.
fastest, leaping 500-fold.
• Pro-investment policies are needed to (1)
Over the eight-year period from 2000 to 2008: deliver more bandwidth to ever more
consumers and to enlarge geographic coverage
• Total residential bandwidth grew 54x. areas; (2) drive new innovations in crucial
sectors like education and health care; and (3)
• Total wireless bandwidth grew 542x. accommodate rapid data traffic growth with
ever-greater real-time latency and quality-of-
• Total consumer bandwidth grew 91x. service requirements. EE

Total U.S. Consumer Bandwidth U.S. Consumer Bandwidth Per Capita


800000 2500

700000
2000
gigabits per second

kilobits per second

600000

500000 1500 residential + wireless


400000

300000 1000

200000 residential
+ 500
100000 wireless
0 0
00 001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
20 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20

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