Media tablets & app stores in top 10 for strategic technology

Media tablets and app stores have been named in the top 10 of strategic technologies for 2012, according to research company Gartner. At its IT Symposium last week, analysts found that enterprises will need mobile strategies for both B2E and B2C scenarios. For B2E, IT leaders must consider social, business and financial goals, whilst consumer support, API management, third-party app integration and app store delivery are priorities for B2C. With app stores, the consumer-only offering will soon grow into...

By Dani Millward, 25 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Devices, Industry, Research.

Media Tablet Owners Purchase Online More Frequently

Recent findings from a survey of U.S. smartphone and tablet owners indicate that tablet ownership increases the frequency of mobile shopping, improves the purchase experience -- and makes people who own both devices use their smartphone more often. The study revealed that tablet ownership increases mobile purchase frequency, with owners of tablets (as well as smartphones) buying nearly twice as often as those who only have smartphones. Further, more than 40 percent of these “dual owners” made more than 20 mobile purchases over the past year. Nearly two-thirds of dual owners indicated higher overall spending due to...

By David H. Deans, 20 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

84.5 Million People in the U.S. Now Own a Smartphone

comScore released data reporting the key trends in the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending August 2011. The study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers and found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 25.3 percent market share. Google Android continued to gain ground in the smartphone market reaching 43.7 percent market share. For the three-month average period ending in August, 234 million Americans age 13 and older used mobile devices. Device manufacturer Samsung ranked as the top OEM with 25.3 percent of U.S. mobile...

By David H. Deans, 14 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

More mobiles than people worldwide, says expert

By the end of 2012 there will be more mobile devices in use globally than people, according to expert, Dr Mike Short.

The current global population is around 7 billion, but Dr Mike Short is confident that uptake of mobile devices will pass that mark during the course of next year. He also predicts that China and India will each have more than 1 billion mobile subscriptions during the first half of 2012.

The new president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - Europe’s largest...

By Verity Gough, 07 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: India, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

GMT under threat as ITU recommends replacement

Britain's status as the keeper of the world's time standard is under threat following new recommendations by the International Telecoms Union (ITU) to create a more accurate means of measuring time. According to reports, the new recommendations may see the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) in Paris take the reins of world time. Speaking to a reporter from FRANCE 24 at last week's ITU event in Geneva, US Navy scientist Ronald Beard who chaired the working group making the proposals said: “GMT has been recognised as...

By Verity Gough, 05 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Research.

ISPs get broadband speeds guidance

New guidelines set out for internet service providers to ensure they can prove customers can actually surf the web at "maximum speeds" have been issued by the government's advertising regulator.A Help Note, published by the Committee of Advertising Practice, the sister-organisation of the Advertising Standards Agency, now states that broadband companies should also include "appropriate, additional information to accompany a maximum speed claim to ensure the average consumer is not mislead. Where relevant, this includes information that bears out that...

By Verity Gough, 02 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, Research.

Telco investment being forced by cable

Cable is forcing telco investment and could risk losing its competitive advantage over the next five years, according to the latest research from Goldman Sachs.Tim Boddy and Hugh McCaffrey of Goldman Sachs European Telecoms/Cable Investment Research argue that cable forces the incumbents to invest in fibre-based Next Generation Access (NGA) technologies losing cable its competitive advantage over a five to seven-year period, however, they add, cable should gain in the all-important pricing power as the infrastructure market...

By Verity Gough, 29 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Cabling, Operators, Research.

2012 voice revenue set to be overtaken by broadband

Fixed broadband revenues are looking set to beat voice next year, according to the latest research from Ovum.The study entitled: Global Fixed Voice and Broadband Market Outlook: 2011–16, has shown how consumer landlines are in decline, dropping by around 18 percent over the coming five years however, broadband is going to continue its upward trend.The latest figures are reflected in the number of fixed phone and broadband lines and the analyst firm predicts that this is the last year that consumer fixed voice will have the edge over...

By Verity Gough, 27 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Research.

How long will the iPad fever last?

2011: the year of media tablets

Although there were tablets in the market long before iPad, after its first announcement many still had doubts, and questioned the usefulness of such a device. Nevertheless Apple exceeded even the most optimistic expectations. Since the release of the iPad, Apple alone has shipped a total of 15 million tablets making it a most wanted Christmas present of 2010. Despite a temporary volume decrease in Q1 2011, caused by delayed iPad 2 launch, in Q2 2011 again there were 9.25...

By Research2Guidance, 19 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, China, Consumers, Devices, Industry, LATAM, N America, Research.

Survey reveals CIOs' lack of confidence in the Cloud

A new report has revealed that confidence in the security of cloud computing is at an all time low.

The study by SunGard Research, published last week, surveyed 250 UK chief information officers (CIOs) and found that a paltry 10 percent were “completely confident” when it came to security and resilience of third party cloud offerings.In addition, a further lack of trust was cited by two-thirds of those polled who had already experienced downtime for cloud applications. However, it wasn't all bad news: 68 percent displayed a more...

By Verity Gough, 08 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud, Outsourcing, Research, Security.