Digital watch, Digital TV… Digital CSP?

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Consumer attitudes and behaviours in the telecoms space have changed dramatically in the last decade. In the past, we used our mobiles sporadically for calls and messaging. Now, we’re a society attached to our smartphones day in, day out, using them as a gateway to one another and to the Internet. New studies have...

By Jennifer Kyriakakis, 15 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Research.

Car telematics subscribers to reach 158.9m by 2020

According to the latest market study by Berg Insight, shipments of OEM embedded telematics systems worldwide are forecast to grow from 8.4 million units in 2013 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.6 percent to reach 54.5 million units in 2020.Moreover, the number of cars sold worldwide equipped with head-units featuring handset-based telematics capabilities will grow from 7.0 million in 2013 to 68.5 million in 2020.Telematics is a broad term that may be applied to a wide range of connected services in the...

By David H. Deans, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Telematics.

How wireless technologies enable the Internet of Everything

Imagine a world where all manner of electrical and electronic devices are connected together via a wireless link -- that's the Internet of Everything. The installed base of active wireless connected devices will exceed 16 billion in 2014, that's about 20 percent more than in 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.Moreover, the number of devices will more than double from the current level, with 40.9 billion forecast for 2020."The driving force behind the surge in connections is that usual buzzword suspect, the Internet of Things (IoT)," said Aapo Markkanen, principal...

By David H. Deans, 27 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, M2M, Research.

Internet users beat cable TV subscribers for the first time

It was only a matter of time before the internet killed the TV (star?) as we know it. Cable providers know it themselves and are doing all they can to transform themselves from their traditional revenue model to more dynamic and modern technology companies who embrace the internet and its possibilities rather than see it as a threat.

New research from Leichtman shows they are right to start making this shift as internet users beat cable subscribers for...

By Ryan Daws, 20 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Networks, Operators, Research.

RootMetrics puts EE first and Vodafone last in latest network tests

EE, formed through a partnership between Orange and T-Mobile, has once again gained the top spot in RootMetrics' comprehensive mobile network tests. The research firm tests across; call performance, text reliability, network speed, coverage, and mobile internet categories using crowd-testing of actual users with “real world” results that echo user experiences.

Anyone on Android or iOS is able to download their '

By Ryan Daws, 19 August 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Research.

Rural broadband boosts income and jobs, according to study

A team of researchers led by Brian Whitacre from Oklahoma State University has found that broadband access provides a significant economic lift to rural areas in America. Their report, which was released August 5th, took into account broadband, employment, and household income of counties with a population of less than 50,000 people.

The counties which at least 60% of households had a high-speed internet connection also had more income and a smaller growth in...

By Ryan Daws, 18 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

How the legacy telecom market will transition to web-scale

Worldwide traffic on 3G and 4G mobile communication networks continues to reach new highs as operators strive to satisfy the insatiable craving for broadband access to the Mobile Internet.

Around the globe, satisfying this demand - by expanding network capacity - will push mobile packet core spending to over $18 billion through 2019.

Though much of the telecom market experienced a 1Q 2014 seasonal dip, mobile packet core expansion continues with just-in-time infrastructure deployment.

First mover developed...

By David H. Deans, 31 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: LTE, Networks, Research.

ISPs invest less and earn more than ever, but could "thin air" technology change this?

The world's biggest internet service providers are investing less in infrastructure than ever; yet earning more than ever according to "over a decade" worth of data by Harvard scholar Susan Crawford and telecom analyst Mitchell Shapiro. But could new technology change this?

"Comcast’s capex (capital expenditure) to revenue ratio climbed as high as 37 percent in 2001, following very large-scale acquisitions, a relatively large proportion of which required substantial...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

EE identifies and helps to boost £2.1bn pop-up retail economy

The UK's largest mobile network, EE, has today released a study which indicates pop-up retailers contribute over £2bn to the UK economy. As a result, the company has launched a new initiative to help pop-ups overcome previous challenges.

The "Pop-Up UK" report commissioned by EE and undertaken by CEBR (Centre for Economics and Business Research) expects the economy to grow by 8.4 percent over the next 12 months. This growth could be higher, up to double-digits, if barriers such as cost and lack of...

By Ryan Daws, 23 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research.

4G LTE mobile subscribers will exceed 1 billion in 2017

LTE is a fourth-generation (4G) global standard which is the natural development route for GSM/HSPA network operators - it's also the next generation mobile broadband system for many CDMA network operators.

Juniper Research forecasts a rapid uptake of 4G LTE mobile technology in the next five years, with active connections crossing the 1 billion mark in 2017 - and reaching 1.8 billion by 2019. This will represent 22 percent of the global active mobile subscriber identity module (SIM) connections by this...

By David H. Deans, 18 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, LTE, Research.