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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Chuck Harris leads the Alliance Development Team for NetAmerica Allaince whose mission it is to grow NetAmerica's 4G LTE footprint by working with wireless license holders across the U.S. interested in joining the NetAmerica Alliance to provide 4G LTE service to citizens in rural America.
Some aspects of the wireless market seem to change very little from one quarter to another. But now and then there is a surprise, as new data from ComScore reveals. The surprise for the three-month period ending July 15 was the appearance of Apple Music among the top 15 smartphone apps, measured by the percentage of mobile users age 18 or older who use the app. Nearly a quarter (24.1%) of those users use Apple Music, ComScore said. That gave the app 14th place just one month after its launch. ComScore defined Apple Music to include Apple's native music app, which captures all music activity within that app including listening via the streaming service, radio service and users' personally downloaded music libraries.
Customers' experiences with their wireless devices can have a major impact on a wireless carrier. Offering the wrong device – or failing to support it properly – can negatively impact the bottom line, as new research from Biancco Technology Group illustrates. The combination of faulty mobile devices and ineffective care would prompt 31 percent of wireless customers to switch mobile carriers, according to Biancco, which surveyed more than 1,400 mobile users globally. Another one-third would change to mobile devices from different manufacturers.
One emerging – and exciting – area in wireless technology is wireless charging. We're already starting to see wireless charging roll out on smartphones, tablets, wearables – and as Juniper Research notes in a new study, infrastructure providers are beginning to roll out the equipment needed to support the technology in a way similar to public or consumer Wi-Fi.
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.
We all know someone – maybe multiple people – whose eyes seem perpetually glued to their smartphones. Now there's a name for them. Mobile analytics specialists at Flurry call these people "Mobile Addicts" and according to Flurry research, their population is growing faster than other categories of mobile device users, not only in the U.S. but around the world.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Expect to see a lot more people holding out their smartphones to have boarding passes scanned as they board a plane. According to new market research from Juniper Research, more than 1.5 billion airline boarding passes will be delivered via mobile networks and devices by 2019. That would mean one in every three airline boarding passes would be delivered via mobile.
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.