Most of the commentary I see about fixed-mobile substitution tends to be highly partisan - usually sponsored by companies with something to prove. So it's quite refreshing to see a genuinely independent piece of research from an unlike source - the US Center for Disease Control, which asked about phone use in its ongoing health surveys, I guess primarily to ensure that emergency calls can be dealt with appropriately.
16% of US homes are mobile-only (but this being the US, cable connections are usually considered separately and not considered 'fixed' lines). This number has been increasing consistently.
And another 13% of US homes receive most calls via mobile, even though they have a PSTN line.
And 2% have no phone service at all.
But the most interesting facts are in the demographic analysis. Perhaps unsurprisingly, shared-adult homes (eg students living in the same household) are very high on the wireless-only scale, compared with families. Similarly (and probably overlapping) renters are more wireless-centric than homeowners. And there is also a preponderance of low-income and ethnic members of this category.
This data looks pretty similar to stats I've seen from Ofcom in the past about the UK.
What it tells me is that despite the hype, "cord cutting" is not really an aspirational thing at all - it's more driven by circumstance (economic or social).
Oh, and I love the statistic that wireless-only users are more than twice as likely to binge-drink than landline customers. Now if only someone had an explanation for cause-and-effect here.... does dealing with mobile customer service agents drive you to drink? Or do people cancel their landline subscription when they're drunk, and wake up in the morning wondering what happened to their dialtone?
Clearly, if femtocell suppliers really want to facilitate FMS, they need to forget about home gateways & instead integrate their modules into one of these.
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