More than 620,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots are deployed in China

Worldwide Wi-Fi deployments reached a total of 4.2 million hotspots in 2013, and will continue to grow at a CAGR of 15.0 between 2013 and 2018 to exceed 10.5 million, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.Among the global Wi-Fi hotspots, 68.6 percent of Wi-Fi is in Asia-Pacific, followed by 12.3 percent in Latin America, 9.0 percent in Europe, 8.7 percent in North America, and 1.4 percent in Middle East and Africa.The number includes Wi-Fi hotspots deployed by mobile network operators and fixed-line carriers as well as third party operators."The mobile data growth has boosted...

By David H. Deans, 14 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, WiFi.

Google Fiber reaches enviable 75% penetration in parts of Kansas

The gigabit broadband service from the world’s most recognisable web company, Google, is still in its relative infancy in terms of national roll-out – but it hasn’t stopped it from succeeding monumentally in areas where customers are benefitting early.

Bernstein Research is reporting that Google Fiber has reached a penetration of 75% in some neighbourhoods in Kansas – an uptake ‘to die for’ and unheard of by most service providers.

Google has changed the overbuild model...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

15 hours to download a film? Here are Britain’s worst broadband areas…

The internet is such an important part of our daily lives – whether for work or pleasure – that when we’re disconnected we can feel lost. This frightful situation is, most of the time, only temporary. But what about those of us who have a connection – but one which is permanently close to unusable?

Independent comparison website uSwitch.com has released a report – based on almost two million broadband speed tests – which shows the massive variation...

By Ryan Daws, 24 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Did the official MWC app pass the Crowdtest?

Amid the largest congress in the mobile industry starting next week, the levels of excitement are not without justification when the Mobile World Congress arrives in Barcelona. The MWC in 2013 proved to be a massive success for the 72,000 people that were in attendance, and it seems that the event this year is no exception.

Produced by the GSMA association, the organisation of the event is to once again be executed with absolute precision.

Along with the online portal ‘My MWC’, the GSMA have...

By Test Birds, 21 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Mobile, Research.

The smart device market outlook for China

During 2014, China will remain one of the leading high-growth markets for digital technology. The Chinese Smart Connected Device (SCD) market grew by 45 percent in the third quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by IDC.However, segment growth was mixed. The market growth rate of smartphones was 64 percent, media tablets were at 77 percent -- but, in contrast, PCs declined by -12 percent.IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Smart Connected Device Tracker provides an integrated view of three important digital technology markets: Personal computers (notebooks and desktops), smartphones, and media tablets. According to the IDC study findings, overall 2013 saw fast growth for the SCD market in China."2013 was a game changing year. The consumer SCD...

By David H. Deans, 19 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, M2M, Research.

Why UltraViolet won't halt the Netflix phenomenon

It's already apparent to most video entertainment industry analysts -- fewer people are interested in owning physical media and the recent results of DVD and Blu-ray disc sales in mature markets is a leading indicator of this growing trend. Other key trends are also emerging.Netflix helped boost subscription services to nearly 40 percent of the UK over-the-top (OTT) video entertainment market. The worldwide OTT video market reached nearly $11 billion in 2013, of which Netflix is also a significant contributor in...

By David H. Deans, 11 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, OTT Services, Research, Smart TV.

Strand Consult: 2014 annus horribilis for telecom regulation

Amid the talk of IT growth in 2014, here’s a grim prediction for the coming year: Strand Consult predicts this year to be an “annus horribilis” for the telecom regulation industry.

In its yearly mobile telecom roundup note, the analyst firm has called out Europe as the problem area compared to the “strong leadership” of the US, adding that privacy, data protection and net neutrality...

By James Bourne, 06 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Government, Operators, OTT Services, Research.

What are Deutsche Telekom's M2M predictions for 2014?

Machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT) run through all areas of life and work. Cars, cargo containers, parking spaces or even wristwatches and coffee cups – everything around us is on the verge of being connected. To shape this development and make its benefits available to both businesses and private individuals,

Deutsche Telekom has been actively engaged in the M2M ecosystem for several years.

More than 600 companies from 56 countries...

By Jürgen Hase, 19 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Research.

‘AllSeen Alliance’ gives IoT its direction

If you take a look at Gartner’s emerging technology ‘Hype Cycle’ for 2013, you’ll see the “Internet of Things” riding high at the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’. This means, defined by Gartner, publicity produces a number of success stories—often accompanied by scores of failures.

Speaking to both players and analysts, they’ll tell you the IoT is very disjointed –...

By Ryan Daws, 10 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, M2M, Research.