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.

Ring the Bell: Internet speed record set using XG-FAST

The brilliant researchers at Bell Labs have broken the broadband internet speed record by over eight times the previous holder - and it was all achieved over copper landlines. At 10 gigabits per second, Bell Labs' technology is 1,000 times faster than your typical broadband speeds.

It even leaves the fastest package available to consumers, Google Fiber, in the dust by over 10x quicker. The new technology is an extension of G-FAST by Bell Labs known as "XG-FAST" and gives broadband...

By Ryan Daws, 11 July 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

Citizen Lab exposes malware network used by police worldwide

At the University of Toronto you can find Citizen Lab who, in collaboration with computer security firm Kaspersky, has exposed a massive network of mobile malware targeting all phone types. It is sold by an Italian firm for use in police forces around the world.

'Remote Control System' (RCS) can infiltrate Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and even BlackBerry devices. Most mobile malware targets Android, due to its market-share, but many industry experts warn other...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Security.

Mobile users set to top 8bn by 2019, but can we support them? (and their connected devices…)

Research and analyst firm, IDATE, has said the total number of mobile customers worldwide will exceed eight billion by the end of 2018. However research by SON (Self Optimising Network) solutions provider, Cellwize, says mobile operators could start seeing a failure rate upwards of 30% for IoT / M2M applications as a result of this network congestion.

IDATE has stated that the number of mobile users is set to grow by over 21% in the next five years, to hit eight billion by 2019. In the UK alone, the total number of mobile...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Research.

Upside opportunities for wireless connectivity integration

Wireless communication capabilities will become embedded in more and more everyday devices over time. The resulting connectivity applications seem limitless. Moreover, the growing demand creates a huge opportunity for wireless chipset manufacturers.Annual wireless connectivity chipset shipments across Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, and ZigBee show no sign of slowing down, reaching almost nine billion annual shipments by 2019, according to the latest market study by ABI Research.Had it not been for combo chipsets...

By David H. Deans, 27 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

AT&T is called the most valuable telecoms brand

Among the biggest telecoms industry news of the week thus far has been AT&T’s purchase of DirecTV in a deal worth over $48 billion. AT&T is back in headlines today – this time for being listed as the world’s most valuable telecoms brand according to Millward Brown’s BrandZ.

The new ranking comes after vast expansion from the provider into areas including; banking, cloud services, and entertainment such as the new DirecTV acquisition. Top performers have been striding ahead of...

By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators, Research.

Connected Living market to reach $731 Billion by 2020

Massive technology-led disruption across all industries is moving everyone globally towards an Internet of Everything -- where into the 2020's, tens of millions of people will be connected by trillions of digital things and software applications.This evolution started in the 1970's that had specialized activities driven by proprietary equipment and mainframes, then increased productivity in the 1990's propelled by the advent of PC's and the internet, followed by bursts of disruption and innovation in 2010 onward...

By David H. Deans, 20 May 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research.

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.