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Posted by on in 4G LTE

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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Posted by on in Mobility

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.

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Posted by on in Mobility

Americans' obsession with their smartphones isn't limited to fun apps like Facebook and Twitter. According to a new mobile banking survey from Bank of America (BoA), 62% of people who use mobile banking apps use them a few times a week or more, including 20% who access their mobile banking app once a day or more.

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Posted by on in Innovation

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.

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Posted by on in Mobility

Apple's innovative information and communications technology (ICT) has spawned entire industries, including mobile "app" development. Mobile app usage has grown extraordinarily fast since Apple opened the "doors" to its online App Store in 2008. Mobile app revenues now total some $87 billion a year, according to new research from ACT-The App Association. The association represents more than 5,000 small and mid-size software companies involved in mobile app development.

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Posted by on in Innovation

Apps designed to run on connected, wearable devices are well positioned for a boom, according to new market research from IDC. The market research company predicts the number of third-party applications that run on smart wearable devices will expand from 2,500 as of year-end 2014 to 349,000 in 2019. Apps for the Apple Watch are expected to garner as much as two-thirds of the emerging wearable device app market, making it a primary driver of app development, IDC points out in its report, "Worldwide Wearable Applications Forecast, 2015-2019."

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Posted by on in Innovation

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.

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Posted by on in Innovation

Tablets and 2-in-1 devices that use cellular connectivity are a bright spot amid declining tablet and 2-in-1 shipments, according to new research from IDC. Worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices will decline 3.8 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 2015, totaling 221.8 million units, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Tablet and 2-in-1 device sales have declined for two consecutive quarters, prompting IDC to lower its 2015 forecast modestly, the market researcher explains in a press release.

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Posted by on in Network Operations

An important reality of today's wireless technology is that people are using their mobile devices for work-related purposes – even if their employers do not pay for the device or its usage fees and even if employers are unaware of what employees are doing.

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Posted by on in Mobility

Mobile devices continue to take on more and more functionality that previously was handled by traditional computers, a trend often referred to as mobile first. The latest evidence of this trend comes from Google, which found that more people in the U.S. and nine other countries are using its search engine with mobile devices to search the Web than are using personal computers. A Google exec announced the tipping point at a digital advertising conference this past Tuesday, according to a Wireless Week repost of an AP Technology report.

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Posted by on in Mobility

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. 

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Posted by on in Innovation

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.

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Posted by on in Innovation

In our continuing blog series, we want to highlight the growing importance of smartphones and 4G data networks for both consumer and business customers. New research from cloud-based apps marketplace operator GetApp shows just how important smartphones have become to employees. Employees at a range of businesses are increasingly using their mobile devices to conduct business.

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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.

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Posted by on in Mobility

The huge growth in mobile data traffic is driven in large part by huge growth in bandwidth-hungry mobile entertainment apps such as video and gaming – and some new market data from research firm SNL Kagan puts in perspective just how big the mobile entertainment market has become.

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Counting the country's population accurately every ten years is important. The U.S. Government uses the information collected by an army of census takers to make decisions about allocating billions in federal funds for programs, services and infrastructure, as well as for determining the boundaries of congressional districts.

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Posted by on in Fixed Wireless

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.

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Posted by on in Mobility

Americans are even more inseparable from their mobile devices than previously thought, according to new research from consulting firm Deloitte.

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Posted by on in 4G LTE

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.

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Posted by on in Network Operations

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.

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