An important trend that NetAmerica is tracking is the rise in mobile VoIP delivered over-the-top by companies such as Skype and WhatsApp. A new report from Juniper Research offers some eye-opening data about this market. Mobile OTT VoIP revenues will surge five-fold as roll-outs of 4G broadband networks accelerate, according to Juniper. OTT VoIP providers' annual revenues will exceed $10 billion by 2020, Juniper forecasts in its ¨Future Voice Strategies: mVOIP, Carrier OTT, WebRTC, HD Voice & Video Calling 2015-2020."
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When it's summer and everyone is outdoors – at the beach or at a musical or sporting event – it may seem as though there's no one without a smartphone. Yet smartphone sales continue to climb. More than 337 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in 2Q15, up 11.6 percent from a year ago, according to preliminary market data from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Shipments rose quarterly as well – and that's particularly impressive, considering that 1Q15 showed an above-average increase.
One of the most important trends in wireless is employees using their mobile devices for work – a phenomenon known as BYOD, or "bring your own device." But according to new research from telecom-Web convergence specialist tyntec, businesses have been slow to respond to this trend. Six in 10 employees of large business enterprises in the U.S. (61 percent) said they use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, according to tyntec's "BYOD User Survey 2015: Employees' Choice for Mobility." Yet just one-third (34 percent) of employers have set policies governing the use of personal mobile phones and other such devices, said U.S. respondents.
Mobile biometrics is poised to shake up the global payments market, according to new research from Acuity Market Intelligence (AMI). Forecast to yield $34.6 billion in revenue annually in 2020, mobile biometrics will lower both the costs and risks of mobile payments processing, says AMI in ¨The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy.¨ Mobile biometrics include technologies such as thumbprint and facial recognition.
The mobile broadband ecosystem is making progress when it comes to developing the industry standards that will define next-gen, 5G wireless. LTE Release 14, the first of 3GPP's 5G standardization efforts will see the standardization of new radio access technology as well as continued evolution of 4G LTE, as noted from NetAmerica Alliance partner Ericsson.
We already knew Wi-Fi was a versatile technology. But it may be even more powerful than we realize. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are using Wi-Fi to estimate the number of people walking in an area – and according to the researchers, the people don't even have to be connected to Wi-Fi for it to work.
Ever wonder about, or been skeptical of, estimates of crowd sizes? Scientists working at Warwick Business School's (WBS) Data Science Lab in central England have found that use of mobile phones and Twitter might provide estimates of crowd sizes that are surprisingly accurate.
A promising area within the mobile app category is the in-vehicle app, as a recent survey of vehicle owners illustrates. The "Apps in the Car 2015" survey, conducted by IHS Automotive, polled people in the U.S., the U.K., China and Germany who intend to purchase a new vehicle within three years, found that 45% would use in-vehicle apps if they enhanced the driving experience. Over one-third (35 percent) said they would be willing to use in-vehicle apps if they were similar to those on their smartphones.
The rise of Internet-connected devices – from cars and TVs to refrigerators, HVAC systems and lighting – has transformed the machine-to-machine world into the Internet of Things (IoT). And the IoT is seen as driving a new phase of high-tech innovation and growth among a wide range of companies and economic sectors, including Internet technology and telecommunications providers.
If you’re reading this blog, I probably don’t have to convince you of the benefits of advanced mobile service infrastructure to local, national, and global economies. Nevertheless it’s always reassuring to have this belief validated by real-world research. Data released from mobile association GSMA at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2 does just that.
With usage skyrocketing, mobile apps are leaving millions of end users open and vulnerable to a host of increasingly sophisticated security threats, as new research from Intel and security specialist McAfee illustrates.
New research from financial content provider Bankrate illustrates growing opportunities in mobile commerce. Half of mobile Internet users have used their mobile devices to make a major financial purchase, such as obtaining a mortgage, investing in stocks or buying a car, according to a report from Bankrate. Those most likely to have made such a purchase are adults between 30 and 49. Fifty-eight percent of survey respondents in that age group reported having done so.
A potentially strong growth opportunity for wireless service providers is in low-power wireless sensor networks (WSNs). WSN technology has attracted billions of dollars of venture capital investment that has fueled heady annual growth according to market research firm ON World. And the largest growth is yet to come, ON World says.
Any network operators that don't have an LTE deployment plan in place risk being left behind, as recent data from 4G Americas illustrates. North America continues to lead the world in LTE network connections, accounting for 39 percent of 373 million LTE connections worldwide as of end-September 2014, according to the data, which was compiled by Informa Telecoms & Media.
We may not have reached the Dick Tracy video-phone-watch stage yet, but video calling is becoming a mainstream activity on smartphones, according to a survey of 6,500 U.S. and German consumers conducted by Gartner.
Here's a new industry development worth watching: Some of the large national wireless network operators are changing their strategic tune, hatching plans to partner with over-the-top (OTT) service providers in a bid to retain and grow subscriber numbers and market revenues, according to a new report from Mobilesquared sponsored by mobile interactivity specialist Tyntec. Researchers estimate that over half (55%) of wireless carriers have already formed or expect to form a relationship with an OTT partner compared to only 36 percent in 2013.
Business users are a great market for mobile technology, and the more useful mobile devices become, the more likely it becomes for businesses to adopt mobile technology. Mobile apps play a key role in how businesses use mobile technology – and according to new research from Good Technology, custom apps in particular are seeing huge growth in the business market.
The opportunity with large business clients goes well beyond just selling them wireless plans. Enterprise mobility management, as defined by market research firm 451 Research includes as a set of tools that enable mobile device management, mobile application management, mobile email container applications, mobile application platforms, mobile back-end as a service (MBaaS) and mobile virtualization will see considerable growth and represents a value add opportunity for wireless carriers.
Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have the potential to reduce demand for dedicated backhaul routing devices and cause “a major shake-up” in mobile backhaul networks, according to a new report from Heavy Reading.
The road to delivering 4G LTE mobility in rural America is not without its challenges. The Small Market Alliance for Rural Transformation (SMART) program has been carefully crafted to meet those challenges and to bring the promise of 4G LTE mobile broadband to rural America. It’s a shared network alliance between NetAmerica and Sprint to bring scale, spectrum resources, national reach and leading LTE technology to our Members, giving them the opportunity to viably build and operate 4G LTE networks in their rural communities.