Country brief: United States (US)
EU member? No
OECD member? Yes
Regulatory authority:FCC (link)
Number of operators:4
Of which mobile-centric:2
Population:318,857,100
Mobile data penetration: 116.7%
Spectrum assigned:
700 MHz band assigned?
Data volume 2015: 9,650,000 TB
Data volume per pop 2015: 2.52 GB/month/capita (top: Finland, 9.53)
Spectrum usage 2015:
Group
Operator
Mobile-centric?
Zero-rating video?
Zero-rating any app?
SIMs
GB for €30
(smartphones)
GB for €25
MBB
(data-only)
Total low and high frequency spectrum MHz
Data volume 2015 TB
Data volume 2Q2016 TB
MB/year/MHz per pop 2015
MB/year/MHz per pop 2Q 2016
VerizonVerizon-US
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113,154,0000.50
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ATTATT-US
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131,805,0001.00
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SoftbankSprint-US
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59,453,0003.00
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DeutscheTelekomT-Mobile-US
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67,384,0002.00
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Source: DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet, 2H2016. The spreadsheet includes 1,775 4G LTE smartphone (with at least 1,000 minutes and SMSs) and data-only tariffs. Tariffs may have tethering or mobility restrictions. The DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet allows the analysis of any gigabyte or price baskets. It includes median fully allocated and weighted average incremental gigabyte prices per country and per operator as well all zero-rated or differential priced applications per country and per operator. The spreadsheet includes historic annually reported mobile data volume per country dating back to 2007 (where available) and quarterly reported mobile data volume per operator dating back to 1Q2013 (where available). The spreadsheet includes the total amount of assigned spectrum per country and per 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz band and historic spectrum usage figures starting from 2H2016. It includes the spectrum holdings per operator and per 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz band and historic usage figures starting from 2H2016.
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Insights, reports and external articles citing DFMonitor about United States
Why T-Mobile and Sprint’s limited unlimited plans won’t open the data floodgates
2016
United States
DeutscheTelekom
Softbank

[External article, Telecom TV]
August 2016
“Once you move away from volume plans and down the unlimited route, the substitution effect will start taking shape. It takes time for the consumers to realise that they do not need to pay twice for the same thing.”

Mobile Price Wars: No Sign of Peace in Europe
2016
United States
Iliad
France
Verizon
ATT
DeutscheTelekom
Softbank
Hutchison
Italy
United Kingdom
Telefonica
Vodafone

[External article, The Wall Street Journal]
June 2016
The gap between European and U.S. mobile pricing seems likely to remain wide.

The Biggest Hole in the FCC's New Internet Rules
2015
United States
zero-rating

[External article, Bloomberg]
February 2015
Zero-rating won't be blocked by the FCC's Open Internet proposals—and it could a major challenge to net neutrality. Rewheel quoted.

36 leading US scholars, in a letter addressed to the FCC, have called for the ban of paid prioritisation, including zero-rating
2015
United States
zero-rating

January 2015
This is the first letter by leading scholars that unequivocally supports a bright-line ban on all forms of paid prioritization (including zero-rating).

New Republican Bill Is Network Neutrality in Name Only
2015
United States
zero-rating

[External article, Stanford Law Review, by Barbara van Schewick & Morgan N. Weiland]
January 2015
On closer examination, the bill is so narrowly written that it fails to adequately protect users, innovators, and speakers against blocking, discrimination, and access fees. Citing Digital Fuel Monitor research.

US and EU legislators question zero-rating
2014
United States
zero-rating

September 2014
FCC refocuses the US net neutrality debate on zero-rating over wireless networks while in Europe national telecom regulators and the European Parliament are taking a closer look.

A government ruled for net neutrality. Too bad it wasn't your government
2014
United States
zero-rating

[External article, The Guardian]
June 2014
In America and Europe, the internet is going mobile out of convenience. In the developing world, mobile is the internet. Here's what happens when companies take advantage of that. Citing Digital Fuel Monitor.

US vs EU & OECD: prices, network performance, consumption, penetration
2014
United States
pricing

April 2014
In this flash insight we benchmarked key mobile internet connectivity competitiveness metrics in the United States against EU Member States and other OECD countries. In addition we show Deutsche Telekom (T-mobile) prices and network performance (measured by OpenSignal) in US vs different EU Member States.

Competitive mobile markets bolster take up, says study
2014
release
pricing
Iliad
United Kingdom
Finland
Austria
Germany
Ireland
United States
Vodafone
Orange
Telefonica
DeutscheTelekom
Iliad
Tele2
Hutchison

[External article, The Financial Times, subscription required]
March 2014
Rewheel is launching a tracker of prices, performance, spectrum use, consumption and adoption across Europe, which includes 1,404 smartphone and data-only tariff plans offered in 43 countries from 145 operators.

Debunking false claims of ETNO: EU is NOT falling behind in 4G
2013
United States
pricing
Kroes

October 2013
Contrary to GSMA's and ETNO's unsubstantiated claims echoed by Vice President Neelie Kroes Commissioner for EU's Digital Agenda, European 3G/4G consumers pay 5x less and use more mobile data at faster connections speeds than US consumers.

Lack of competition inflates EU smartphone costs
2013
Iliad
Tele2
Hutchison
Vodafone
DeutscheTelekom
Orange
Telefonica
Greece
United States
Spain
Germany
Finland
Denmark
United Kingdom
release

[External article, The Financial Times, subscription required]
January 2013
Mobile users pay up to 10 times more to use smartphones in EU countries that lack an independent “challenger” telecoms group outside the large, dominant pan-European operators, according to Rewheel's research.



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