In fact, it concludes there is an “insatiable appetite” for data by wireless users, which includes people who have smart phones as well as laptops and tablets with internal cellular connectivity or with data sticks.
By the end of 2015, the number of wireless subscribers will hit close to 35 million, up from 26 million this year.
Spectrum demand will also be driven by the increasing use of machine-to-machine traffic, which covers everything from car telematics to sensors in home utility meters, the report says.
The report also predicts demand for spectrum from point-to-multipoint fixed wireless carriers (who offer WiMax- or equivalent -based service) in rural areas will double by the end of 2015, while spectrum demand from point-to-point fixed wireless carriers (who generally offer broadband to businesses) will almost triple.
Not surprisingly, demand for microwave backhaul spectrum – which connects cellular and fixed wireless towers to central carrier offices – could more than triple.