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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile transaction technology could be very valuable to rural subscribers, who sometimes have difficulty finding a local store that carries certain products. And according to a new Juniper Research report, mobile transactions are set to take off.
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.
Latest insight from the GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) regarding LTE device growth highlights an important aspect of the SMART program from NetAmerica Alliance. Access to in-demand devices has been a key tenant of our mission. We recognize that device access can make or break a 4G LTE operator's business plan, and our relationship with Sprint guarantees access to a robust device ecosystem for Members. According to GSA, the LTE "ecosystem" continues to expand at a rapid rate, with 978 new product announcements having been made during the past year – an annual growth rate of 79 percent.
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.