Mobile data evolution to drive huge socioeconomic changes globally #MWC

Operator revenue levels on data are set to overtake voice revenues by 2018, according to research announced by the GSMA at the beginning of the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona this week.

An explosion in mobile data, driven by a surge in demand for connected devices and M2M communication is “transforming the socioeconomic future of people in developed and developing countries”, it said.

The report, compiled in association...

By Matt Henkes, 25 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Industry.

Don't worry - there are plenty of ways to grow optical capacity

Ron Kline, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure, Ovum

Scientists at advanced optical research organizations are racing to improve WDM transmission capacity far beyond the capabilities of today’s systems. Increasing capacity can be achieved by manipulating technology in three separate domains: rate, frequency, and space. In preparation for March’s OSA OFC/NFOEC conference, Alcatel-Lucent’s New Jersey–based Bell Labs announced several successful lab experiments to increase wavelength capacity...

By Ovum Research, 01 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Fiber Optic, Operators.

Big benefits from combining small cells and Wi-Fi

Small cells and Wi-Fi off-load are proven to be the most powerful tools that mobile network operators have to increase data communication capacity for their subscribers. These technologies enable them to meet the demand from a growing number of customers who use smartphones and tablets that are generating rapidly increasing mobile network traffic loads -- due largely to video content consumption. According to the latest market study by Senza Fili, mobile network operators that deploy small cells and Wi-Fi concurrently can reduce their wireless data per-bit costs up to...

By David H. Deans, 23 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Operators, Small Cells, WiFi, Wireless.

Games will drive mobile app storage in the cloud

The iPad Retina display -- combined with Apple's more liberal app submission policy -- have caused the file sizes of leading iOS applications to grow substantially, especially in the video games category. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, the global average app size across all categories was 23 megabytes in September 2012, that's 16 percent more than in March. For the most popular app category, games, the average size was 60 megabytes, meaning a six-month increase of 42 percent. Meanwhile, the size of leading android apps for a similar sample was around six mega bytes in September -- that's representing an increase of 10...

By David H. Deans, 05 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Big Data, Cloud, Entertainment.

Exploring new platforms for the Internet of Things

Now on a path to reaching billions of connections for the Internet of Things (IoT), M2M software platforms are facilitating the next wave of mobile network growth. ABI Research projects that revenues from two platforms currently dominating this market - Application Enablement Platforms (AEPs) and Connected Device Platforms (CDPs) - will grow to $3.85 billion by 2017. AEPs try to do what mobile application development platforms do for smartphone applications - decrease M2M application development time and extend application reach. AEP application development functionality seeks to abstract away from the developer those...

By David H. Deans, 26 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Devices, M2M.

Who has the lowest pricing for mobile data?

As more mobile network service providers continue the ongoing decommissioning of 2G networks and start on the 3G networks, their subscribers are still considering the impact of new 4G monthly service fees. Compared to 3G data pricing, 4G is around 20% higher than legacy 3G for the equivalent data plan. But there are already signs 4G tariffs will succumb to the downward pull of competition sooner rather than later, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. "In South Korea, SK Telecom has cut its 4G pricing to remain competitive. Their

By David H. Deans, 18 October 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Devices, Mobile, Operators.

Smart metering: What the utilities sector can learn from telecoms

In one of my recent posts, I suggested that the telecoms sector has needed to respond to recent surges in consumer data usage – demonstrating a value-added service that is appropriately measurable and scalable for users.

While Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have a way to go before this is achieved, the availability of sophisticated Business Support Systems (BSS) means that telecoms has the agility and functionality...

By Rob Smith, 27 September 2012, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers.

Are unlimited mobile data plans doomed?

Even finding an unlimited plan can be a challenge nowadays.

AT&T and Verizon no longer offer new customers an unlimited option. For those with grandfathered unlimited plans they dramatically limit speeds when monthly caps are exceeded, a practice known as throttling. T-Mobile still offers an unlimited plan, but they also limit bandwidth when the monthly cap is broken.

The unlimited cap on AT&T was just increased to 3GB for HSPA+ and 5GB for LTE....

By Hendrik Schulze, 22 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Mobile, WiFi.

How mobile networks will manage data velocity

The global volume of mobile data traffic is now forecast to exceed 107 exabytes in 2017, according to the the latest market study by ABI Research. This worldwide total mobile network traffic velocity will be eight times more than what is expected during 2012. But how significant is this anticipated growth rate,...

By David H. Deans, 06 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Operators.