Emerging business models for Smart Wearable devices

A "smart wearable" product is an app-enabled computing device which is worn on, or otherwise attached to the body, while being used. In some cases a wearable device is also considered a fashion accessory.Most wearable devices are always on and accessible at any time with a constant interaction between the user and the device. This definition covers a wide range of devices from watches to displays which can either work independently or in conjunction with an external platform -- such as the smartphone or media tablet. The outlook for wearable technology applications is very bright. New findings from a recent market study has revealed...

By David H. Deans, 06 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Research.

Analysys Mason explain how operators can make OTT/VAS work for them #TTW

Two analysts, Cesar Bachelet and Stephen Sale from Analysys Mason, took the stage at Telecoms Tech World for a session entitled “How can operators make OTT/VAS work for them?” Whilst it doesn’t take a genius to know what they spoke about; they certainly gave some clever insights.

It’s no secret mobile operators are facing what many call “a threat” from OTT applications; the typical example is of how WhatsApp has replaced SMS for many customers.

It’s becoming...

By Ryan Daws, 26 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Operators, Research, Smart TV.

Internet of things and M2M apps move to open platforms

In spite of global recession, certain areas of the global M2M industry are illustrating remarkable resilience -- even with the threat of new business models created from the ever-increasing sophistication of the global smartphone and software app ecosystem. According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the installed base of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) devices will approach 500 million modules by 2018, driven by more open M2M ecosystems and improved cloud-based APIs. According to their assessment, the M2M space is seeing an increasing focus on the development of open platforms that simplify connectivity to a wide range of isolated devices through the cloud. This...

By David H. Deans, 13 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, M2M, Research.

Upside for Smart Devices with embedded M2M tech

Machine to machine (M2M) connectivity will be embedded in more than 2 billion devices across nine key industries by 2018 - but it will be cellular wireless communication services that will bring the bulk of the value and the revenues, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. A new generation of smart devices is set to have embedded connectivity and manufacturers already have a number of technologies to select to deliver network connectivity. ABI Research has examined the demand and appeal for M2M connectivity across cellular, satellite, fixed-line and short-range wireless technologies within nine key industry...

By David H. Deans, 11 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, M2M, Research, Wireless.

Huawei’s looking forward in $600m 5G investment

Whilst many of us stare at our signal bars, waiting for the 3G to switch to 4G, China-based Huawei is instead looking to the next big thing – with a hefty $600m investment into 5G research. Don’t get too excited though, the rollout of functioning technology isn’t expected until 2020.

This is part of a continued investment which began back in 2009. At the home of mobile, MWC in Barcelona, Huawei has demonstrated 5G base stations capable of 50Gbps.

One of the most promising innovations is an...

By Ryan Daws, 07 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, LTE, Networks, Research.

DC Comics' The Flash breaks wireless transmission record!

By “The Flash”, we actually mean researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany; but it’s certainly quick-as-a-flash speeds in which they’ve broken the wireless transmission record!

Cable-based telecommunication networks require massive investment; which doesn’t always even reach as far as many would like.

This leaves many rural areas with limited to no access. Through the use of broadband data transmission via radio relay links; it...

By Ryan Daws, 15 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Research, Wireless.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Angry Birds on a plane!

Many of us are irrationally afraid of flying (over the fifteen years between 1975 and 1994, the death risk per flight was one in seven million) yet we just can’t help it – especially during takeoff and landing.

Unfortunately, these are the two times where electronic devices are banned in the US since 1998; where a near-crash of a Qantas jumbo jet Heathrow airport was said to have been caused by someone on the plane using a mobile phone.

Due to this, we can’t distract ourselves with a game of...

By Ryan Daws, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Research.

Twitter’s $1 Billion IPO: All you need to know

Hot on the heels of Facebook’s initially disastrous IPO; Twitter filed their $1 Billion IPO yesterday – trading under the name of TWTR when the San Francisco company goes public. As a company which has struggled to find new streams of profit; how successful will it be?

During the first six months of 2013 the company pulled in $253.6 million in revenue, but its net loss increased by 41% to $69.3 million.

Luckily there are two statistics which give a more positive outlook...

  • Firstly, only a third of its users are in the US – so there’s...

By Ryan Daws, 04 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Marketing, Mobile, Research.

Would you recruit an ex-hacker? Most IT professionals would

A survey conducted by IT recruitment specialists CWJobs.co.uk shows that 70% of IT professionals believe that hiring ex-hackers could be the solution to security problems. After all, who better to protect against intrusions than the people who do it daily?

The most high-profile case in my recent knowledge was that of infamous iOS “Jailbreaker” and PlayStation hacker GeoHot; who was snapped-up by social networking giant Facebook not long after an intense lawsuit by Sony.

Whilst the most common...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Piracy, Research, Security.

4G LTE connections will reach 1 billion by 2018

4G Americas reports that HSPA and LTE mobile broadband has grown to 192.5 million subscriptions in North America, representing 52 percent of the more than 373 million total mobile subscriptions in the region at the end of the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest market study by Informa Telecoms & Media. The North American market remains in the leadership position of LTE market share worldwide with 51 percent of the world’s 126 million connections at the end of June 2013. In Latin America, the HSPA and LTE mobile broadband market share has risen to 21 percent with 147 million connections of the...

By David H. Deans, 24 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Research.

Telcos look inwardly for new innovation

Ovum recently published the 2H12 version of its Telco Services Innovation Radar. In 2H12, the Radar tracked 485 new service launches by fixed and mobile telcos around the world. From these launches, it is clear that operators have increased their focus on developing new services within their existing core operations rather than investing heavily in completely new lines of business. This was reflected in the fact that there were less collaborative services launched, with many operators opting to launch services alone...

By Ovum Research, 16 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Industry, Research.

Exploring smartphone market segmentation realities

According to the latest market study by Juniper Research, the smartphone operating system (OS) market will see new emerging players in the coming years gain ground -- such as Asha, Sailfish and HTML 5 based OS players. In the near term, the global market is expected to be dominated by Android and iOS. Juniper argues that these new OS contenders will built upon important market niches -- focusing on cost innovation and utilizing local knowledge -- in synergy with the next generation of consumers that seek mobile internet access. Over time, this focus on creating smartphone offerings for targeted market segments may begin the slow decline of the current global OS...

By David H. Deans, 23 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Research.

Cloud music services will reach 191 million subs

Fans of recorded music that are already paying for on-demand streaming services will total 29 million people worldwide at the end of 2013, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Accounting for 32 percent of the premium music service subscribers, Spotify is expected to close the year as the leader -- trailed by Deezer, SK Telecom’s MelOn, and rounded out by Rhapsody and Sony. Moreover, the high-growth cloud music services subscriber base is forecasted to reach 191 million by the end of...

By David H. Deans, 15 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Research.

Samsung overtakes Apple as most profitable smartphone firm, but it’s still not enough

Whoever you side with in the seemingly historic Samsung versus Apple dispute, you can’t fault Sammy’s drive – they aren’t even happy selling almost triple the smartphone sales in the past quarter (and yes, I realise Apple hasn’t had a major smartphone launch in that period.)

According to Strategy Analytics - with 107 million units sold from April to June; this equates to Samsung holding a 27.7% market share.

Nokia follows at 61.1 million sold for a 15.8% share, and Apple takes...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Microsoft launches White Space pilot in Africa for low-cost broadband

Whilst Bill Gates may be spending less time at Microsoft, instead focusing more on incredible global philanthropic work with his – and his wife Melinda’s – Gates Foundation.

The research teams back at Microsoft have launched a third pilot in Africa to explore the possibility of low-cost broadband.

The Redmond-based giant has had previous forays into Africa under the aptly-named ‘4Afrika’ initiative - now in its third iteration - this current pilot makes use of TV and...

By Ryan Daws, 29 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Africa, Broadband, Consumers, Infrastructure, Research.

Asian telcos top for customer satisfaction – where does your country rank?

Most of us have had horror stories regarding customer service by various telecom providers, but where do you think your country ranks in overall satisfaction?

It’s time to find out - as independent research firm KPMG has released their “In Search of a Better Customer Experience” study.

To take into account the overall customer experiences both in-store and over the phone, the firm used mystery shoppers to embark on a journey spanning 850 store visits and 750 calls.

Providers were assessed on...

By Ryan Daws, 24 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Taking a look at how 4G changes the mobile landscape

Most of us have come to terms that 4G will be making some big changes to our lives and how we access data services on the move, but are you aware of the impact it will have on the competitive landscape?

A report by independent research firm Yankee Group investigates just that.

Mobile network operators (MNOs) have been fighting to release their services as quick as possible, whilst offering the fastest and most reliable service. Although this certainly helps to gain an advantage, it’s not the only way to...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

Alcatel-Lucent gets the record for fastest undersea data transmission

Transoceanic data is a big business which may be about to be sped up thanks to a team’s research at Alcatel-Lucent’s campus near Paris, who have broke the world record for fastest undersea data transmission.

Researchers at the site from Bell Labs sent data at speeds of 31 Terabits-per-second (Tbps) along 7200km; three times faster than previous commercially-available cables.

This was achieved over a span of 100km (the distance between amplifiers.)

Philippe Keryer, Chief Strategy & Innovation...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cabling, Content, Industry, Infrastructure, Research, Telematics.

US likeliest for next disruptive tech; UK not an ‘innovation hotspot’

The UK’s “Tech City” cannot compete against the might of Silicon Valley and the rest of the US in terms of technology innovation, according to a recent survey.

Whilst this may not be greatly surprising considering the sheer scale of the States; being placed ahead of China by technology executives may be of interest.

The survey has been conducted by advisory firm KPMG, using a pool of 811 top technology business leaders worldwide from startups, mid-sized to large enterprises, venture capital...

By Ryan Daws, 12 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Marketing, N America, Research.