Creating standards for higher-speed networks of tomorrow

The networks of tomorrow will need higher speeds than networks of the past. 

That’s because new applications are increasing bandwidth needs in fiber optic networks.  In addition, cloud computing leads to greater variability in traffic destinations. Customers need new technologies to support communications and dynamic network reconfiguration at higher speeds.

For DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) transport technologies, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is the leading industry...

By Tellabs, 16 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Cloud, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Wearable tech to grow even faster than 40% a year?

If you had a chance to listen to my radio interview with IMI TechTalk you know I believe the analytics behinds wearable computing will be a huge business. As sensors and cameras become part of our wardrobe, there will be billions of new data gathering devices connected to the cloud.Companies like Facebook and Google will want to soak up as much of this data as possible and use it...

By Rich Tehrani, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, Research.

Quantum internet used for two years, becoming a reality

Utilising quantum mechanics to provide perfectly secure online communication is something security experts in particular have lusted over for years – well as it turns out, a government lab has been using just that for the past two.

A team at the Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico has developed a not quite “true” quantum internet solution, but it’s very close.

The core theology of quantum internet is through measuring the characteristic of an object such as a photon; it’s...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Devices, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Security, Telematics.

Mobile streamed music revenue to reach $1.7 billion

Across a variety of formats, music is undoubtedly the most mature segment of mobile entertainment. The global revenues from streamed music services on mobile devices are expected to rise by more than 40 percent to $1.7 billion, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. For the first time, these revenues will thereby overtake those generated by full-track downloads to mobile devices. The study observed that growth in premium service adoption was increasingly being driven by mobile network operator partnerships with service providers. In Europe, several operators have seen an uplift in spend amongst...

By David H. Deans, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Research.

Researching the digital ecosystem in Latin America

AHCIET and Ovum launched the Observatory of Telecoms Indicators in Latin America. Its objective is to measure and analyze the digital ecosystem as well as identify and quantify the socioeconomic contribution of the telecoms industry to the growth and welfare of the Latin American economy. In its first study, the AHCIET-Ovum Observatory concludes that telecoms services have increased their impact in Latin America. Not only have...

By David H. Deans, 29 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infographic, LATAM, Research.

150 million tablets are forecast to ship in 2013

The convenience and mobility benefits afforded by media tablets are very apparent, given the results from record unit shipments and revenues that were reported by vendors in 2012. In 2013, approximately 150 million tablets (up by 38 percent year-over-year) are forecast to ship globally worth an estimated $64 billion (up by 28 percent from 2012) in potential end-user revenues, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. So far, Apple has reigned since the introduction of its iPad in 2010, though...

By David H. Deans, 23 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Infographic, Marketing, Research.

Why 4G LTE mobile subscribers will double by 2014

The development of personal broadband, mobile device applications and services are being enabled by the next generation wireless broadband technologies -- such as WiFi, 4G LTE and LTE Advanced. The rapid adoption of 4G LTE mobile broadband technology is likely in the next two years, with the subscriber number doubling from an estimated 105 million subscribers this year to nearly 220 million in 2014, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. The new study found that with 2012 being a breakthrough year for LTE and deployments gaining momentum, subscribers will begin to sign up for services in volume in...

By David H. Deans, 04 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, LTE, Operators, Research.

How are US citizens using mobiles for financial services?

The majority of US citizens aren’t using mobile banking services because they simply don’t need it, and their banking needs were being adequately met without the use of mobile banking.

That’s the big takeaway from the Federal Reserve (FRB), who has brought out a mammoth 79-page document on how consumers interact with mobile financial services and found that the use of mobiles to access bank accounts and credit cards went up in the United States last year.

But 54% of those surveyed felt they...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Government, N America, Research.

Smartphone and tablet apps revenue to reach $92 billion

Media tablet apps will generate $8.8 billion in revenue in 2013, compared to the $16.4 billion expected from smartphone apps, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Of the combined $25 billion applications revenue, 65 percent will come from Apple’s iOS ecosystem, 27 percent from Google’s Android, and the remaining 8 percent from the other mobile device platforms. As part of a main trend, media tablet apps will steadily increase their share of the market over the coming years. ...

By David H. Deans, 25 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Research, Smartphones.

Mobile banking users will exceed 1 billion by 2017

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, a growing user acceptance of push mobile banking and a sharp rise in media tablet adoption will drive users of transactional mobile banking services to almost 200 million in 2017. The tablet user base will represent approximately 19 percent of total mobile banking customers in 2017, compared to 9 percent this year -- as consumers engage in increasingly mobile lifestyles. The study found that adoption of bill presentment and payment (MBPP) transactional banking by tablet users will be higher than mobile phone users, especially in developed areas where there is a higher adoption of tablet devices. Juniper also...

By David H. Deans, 20 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Smart grid investment to reach $80 billion+ in 2018

The various utility applications for communications networks and associated investment in infrastructure will grow rapidly in 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Moreover, spending by utilities transitioning their networks to Smart Grid capabilities reached $23.68 billion in 2012. Highlighting the growing momentum behind the spending, the 2012 total alone represents 48 percent of Smart Grid spending to date. During the...

By David H. Deans, 12 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Research.

Is China going to become the number one M2M power?

A new report from Pyramid Research has detailed how China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s largest cellular machine to machine (M2M) market in the coming years.

The report, entitled “Cellular M2M Connections: An Analysis of Growth Drivers, Market Segments and Operator Approaches”, revealed that China’s overall M2M device volumes stand at 45m for 2013, rising to 138m total subscriptions by 2017 – 8.5% of all cellular...

By James Bourne, 12 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, M2M, Research.

Why smartphones and tablets will dominate in 2013

When we take a holistic view of smartphones, tablets, and PCs, one thing is obvious -- notebook and netbook PCs are no longer a driving force in personal or business mobility application growth. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped 367.7 million desktop PCs, portable PCs, tablets, and smartphones -- collectively called "Smart Connected Devices" -- in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), that combined market was up by 28.3 percent from the prior year. As desktop PCs and...

By David H. Deans, 11 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartphones.

Global app revenues to reach $20.4 billion in 2013

According to the latest market study by Portio Research, the mobile apps business has matured. The worldwide apps market generated an impressive $12 billion in 2012, and in total 46 billion apps were downloaded in the year. That is certainly an indication of a market in rapid growth. Just consider that the all-time cumulative total number of downloads stood at 37 billion at the end of 2011, but reached 83 billion by the end of 2012 -- more than...

By David H. Deans, 08 March 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Apps, Research, Smartphones.

Competition for Apple and Google mobile ecosystems

At Mobile World Congress this week, new attempts to create competing mobile device software ecosystems were announced. What are they up against? Google Android and Apple iOS, the number one and number two ranked smartphone operating systems (OS) worldwide, combined account for 91.1 percent of all smartphone shipments during the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12). According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), Android smartphone vendors and Apple shipped a total of 207.6 million units worldwide during 4Q12 - that's up by...

By David H. Deans, 04 March 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Research, Smartphones.

Consumer willingness to purchase on smartphones goes up and up

A new report from performance marketers Intela has revealed that more than two in five UK smartphone users said they were more likely to purchase goods over mobile than this time last year.

Nearly one in two US consumers (44%) agreed that they were more likely to buy through mobile this year than compared to 2012.

The Intela Mobile Consumer Report 2013 found that m-commerce trends were on the increase, however overall m-commerce promotions fail to influence consumer purchasing decisions.

Half of UK smartphone...

By James Bourne, 22 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Mobile, Research.

Samsung and Apple dominate smartphone growth

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 1.9 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2012 (4Q12), as strong holiday smartphone sales raised shipments of these devices to levels nearly equal to those of feature phones. According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped a total of 482.5 million mobile phones in 4Q12 compared to 473.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year, the global market for mobile phones grew 1.2 percent on shipments of more than 1.7...

By David H. Deans, 15 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartphones.

Mobile operators risk backhaul gap in LTE networks

Mobile operators are adopting LTE at rates even faster than 2G and 3G. As operators race to stay ahead of mobile data demand, LTE is one key to the future.

Tellabs commissioned a new study by industry analyst Strategy Analytics on LTE mobile backhaul. The findings were surprising – and alarming.

If operators continue to invest in mobile backhaul for LTE at the same rates as they did for 2G and 3G – about 17.5% of the total cost of ownership – they risk falling short...

By Tellabs, 13 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Research, Small Cells.

Global smartphone shipments are up by 42 percent

Smartphone shipments exceeded 200 million units in Q4 2012, with the annual total reaching 671 million -- representing a growth of almost 42 percent year-over-year, according to the latest market study by Juniper Research. Samsung continued its phenomenal growth over the year shipping a record 63 million smartphones and accounting for over 30 percent of all smartphone shipments in the quarter. Once again, sales of the Galaxy S3 drove growth, with sales surpassing 40...

By David H. Deans, 12 February 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Research, Smartphones.

Phablet shipments will reach 146 million by 2016

The global shipments of phablets are set to more than double this year, according to the latest market study by IHS iSuppli. The "phablet" - meaning a combination of phone and tablet features into one device - is essentially a smartphone with a very large display. Shipments of phablets in 2013 are forecast to reach 60.4 million units - that's up a notable 136 percent from 25.6 million last year. "The move to offer larger-display smartphones reflects the efforts of both device and panel makers to differentiate their products,"...

By David H. Deans, 29 January 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Research, Smartphones.