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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The most data-intensive smartphone apps also tend to be the most power-hungry and can quickly deplete smartphone batteries – but there are some exceptions, as new research from online security provider AVG Technologies illustrates. Technology advances have helped minimize the battery drain of some high-bandwidth apps, while some apps that would not be expected to consume large amounts of data or power actually are some of the most resource-hungry because of functionality occurring in the background.
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.
4G LTE wireless broadband network access is now available in 31 more countries than it was a year ago – a 40 percent year-over-year increase, according to the GSA (Global Mobile Suppliers Association). Thirty-five commercial LTE networks have been launched year to date, GSA adds, bringing the overall total to 300 operators in 107 countries. GSA expects there will be more than 350 by the end of the year.
Established this past July, the IEEE's 802.11HEW (High-Efficiency WLAN) study group (SG) aims to enhance the PHY (Physical) and MAC (Media Access Control) layers of 802.11's 2.4GHz and 5 GHz spectrum "with a focus on improving real-world, rather than theoretical, spectrum efficiency and area throughput," according to a FierceWirelessTech report.
Enhanced spectral efficiency, higher peak rate, lower latency and the opportunity to build a more efficient mobile packet network were the top 4 reasons for upgrading wireless networks to 4G LTE, according to excerpts from Infonetics Research's, “2013 LTE Strategies and Vendor Leadership Global Service Provider Survey.”
The latest data from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) confirms that the pace of 4G LTE rollouts and service launches is increasing amid growing device usage.
4G LTE is up and running commercially on 200 networks in 78 countries worldwide, and that number will increase to 250 by the end of 2013, according to wireless industry association 4G Americas, which recently publicly released a list of all 200.