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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Consumers' mobile broadband expectations are rising as “Always-On” connectivity becomes the norm. When apps don't work or mobile broadband networks don't perform flawlessly, consumers are quick to blame service providers, according to Vasona Networks' annual survey of smartphone owners.
At NetAmerica Alliance, we are working closely with our Members, along with our partners (Sprint and Ericsson) to build and operate the most highly performing network possible to provide the rural consumer with an exemplary 4G LTE mobile experience. In a competitive environment, network performance is a critical factor for success. Subscribers have little patience for poor performing networks, especially when it impacts their app performance.
The world's fast-growing population of 4G LTE mobile broadband subscribers are consuming much more data and making greater use of service providers' mobile data services than their 3G counterparts, according to the latest market data and analysis from mobile analytics provider Mobidia.
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.
Among many key findings from their annual Ericsson Mobility Report, Ericsson finds wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) connections will play an active part and growing role in the emerging Internet of Things (IoT). The number of active cellular M2M devices will grow three-to four-fold by 2019, increasing from 200 million as of year-end 2013, Ericsson forecasts in the report.
Increasing complexity is leaving mobile network operators more vulnerable to new types of data networking outages, according to a report from Heavy Reading, Mobile Network Outages & Service Degradations: A Heavy Reading Survey Analysis. This complexity is one of the core reasons the NetAmerica Alliance was formed - to help our Members mitigate the risk of building and operating complex 4G LTE networks.