OTT VoIP subscribers to move towards 1bn in 2013, says Infonetics

According to the latest snippet from Infonetics Research, the number of OTT VoIP subscribers is set to head near one billion by the end of 2013.

This was due to a huge spike in 2012, with figures going up 550% to over 640 million. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Skype – as well as Microsoft in general – accounted for 40% of this number.

Overall, over the top VoIP and voice over LTE (VoLTE) is predicted to become a $16bn market by 2017. According to the research report author, Stephane Teral, the VoLTE...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, Operators, Research, VoiP.

HTC Q2 financials show cause for joy, stop fear-mongering

HTC has posted its Q2 2013 financials to which the majority are calling a failure for the struggling company; making out it’s the beginning of the end.

These people are blind.

It’s undeniable HTC is not in a great place at the moment; largely internally due to staff restructuring (and spectacularly leaving) as well as failed handset launches such as the HTC First, alongside the struggle to meet demand for the...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Apple brand loyalty drops behind Samsung in South Korea

It’s another day, and that means another Apple versus Samsung story. Between ongoing patent disputes and court cases; a new report from Samsung’s own home turf of South Korea shows less than promising brand loyalty results for Apple.

According to DIGIECO, a group affiliated with Korea Telecom, 53 percent of 416 iPhone users surveyed responded they would not continue to use Apple’s smartphone line.

Whilst not entirely surprising; considering Samsung’s huge marketing prowess which has gained them...

By Ryan Daws, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

Regulator Ofcom releases complaints figures

UK regulator Ofcom has released figures of complaints towards all the major telecoms and pay TV providers between January and March 2013.

In general the outlook is looking positive with complaints in pay-monthly mobile dropping slightly despite the rollout of LTE (or lack of in many cases) where many would predict some amount of negative feedback.

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Operator TalkTalk has had less than a great feature in the report however, hitting the top of the complaints at a rate of 0.39 complaints per...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Networks, Operators, Research, Smartphones.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

Avoiding tax on Bitcoin? Think again, friend

Bitcoin has been getting plenty of coverage, ourselves included, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s essentially a decentralised virtual currency. Many people are under the illusion that because of this fact, it doesn’t accrue tax, but I’m sure the IRS would beg to differ.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (PDF) which gives a clear example:

  • Bill is a Bitcoin miner....
  • By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Networks, Research, Security.

    Shopping on your mobile? Transactions to exceed $3.2 trillion by 2017

    The latest research from Juniper shows commerce transactions on mobile will reach an incomprehensible $3.2 trillion by 2017, fuelled primarily by mobile banking.

    However, by comparing to all financial transactions in the US it suddenly seems insignificant. In the U.S alone the total for 2012 exceeded $4,400 trillion.

    As an increasing number of NFC-enabled devices reach consumers’ hands, along with easy online payment solutions such as PayPal,...

    By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

    World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

    A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

    With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

     

    The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

    HTC gets “One” up on Samsung

    According to the latest IDC market research, HTC (2498:Taiwan) has overtaken nemesis Samsung as fifth largest smartphone maker spot in Japan.

    This is a huge win for the company, who despite releasing handsets which are routinely reviewed as better than most – Samsung included – they cannot match the same level of marketing budget.

     

    HTC’s most recent flagship, the “One”, is currently regarded as

    By Ryan Daws, 17 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.

    The Connected Consumer Cloud - One place to rule them all

    With the doors now open for competitive 4G offerings from the major players, the proliferation of consumer content cloud services is one that operators are looking to, to drive loyalty and value. With 89 per cent of consumers saying they would value the ability to share content anywhere, across devices, secure content services are the key to not only gaining new customers, but to retaining and growing existing bases.

    The cloud is a term that has not only become part of an IT professionals day-to-day but,...

    By Allen Scott, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Consumers, Industry, Marketing, Operators, Research.

    What are the upside opportunities for M2M modules?

    Mobile machine-to-machine (M2M) modules -- based upon 2G technologies -- continued to dominate shipments in 2012 with over 70 percent market share, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. As a result, module revenues did not break the $1 billion mark as hoped and the average module price continued to decline. "Cellular M2M module price competition was intense in 2012 driven by several factors," says, Dan Shey, practice director at ABI...

    By David H. Deans, 05 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: M2M, Mobile, Networks, Research.

    Will 4G pave the path for growth?

    European telecom operators saw revenues down by 3.8% in 2012. Will 4G reverse the trend?

    Although 4G will quickly become essential, it will not revive the sector’s revenues.

    In fact we expect that despite 4G, revenues will continue to decline in Europe: -1.8% per year on average by 2016.

    The sector could return to growth if LTE smartphones generated data ARPU of EUR17/month by 2016 i.e. EUR7 higher than today’s data ARPU on 3G...

    By Didier Levy, 03 June 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Europe, Industry, LTE, Networks, Operators, Research.

    TargetSpot shows successful internet radio advertising

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    Case Studies Highlight Results in Ad Recall and Response, Brand Awareness and Purchase Intent

    NEW YORK - TargetSpot, the largest Digital Audio advertising network, released the results of Digital Audio advertising campaigns for Auto, Retail, Banking, and Insurance advertisers, showcasing the effectiveness of the medium across these key advertising categories.The results reinforce that Digital Audio is a very powerful medium for advertisers and brands to connect with their target audiences and achieve their marketing objectives. They illustrate Internet...

    By Otilia Otlacan, 03 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Entertainment, Marketing, Research.

    Reach 400Gbps speeds with noise-cancellation technology

    Take a look at your headphones. They could harness the very technology which could boost broadband speeds to a blistering 400gbps – noise-cancellation.

    A research team which is being led by Xiang Liu of Bell Laboratories is looking into using “phase conjugation” to help boost speeds to this incredible level as demand for faster broadband rises.

    In the same manner as headphones which detect noise and transmit an inverse set of signals to counter-act the disruption, Xiang wants to implement...

    By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Broadcast, Cabling, Fiber Optic, Infrastructure, Networks, Research, Telematics.

    Research indicates lack of progression for women in wireless industry

    The issue of the number of women in senior technology positions, in 2013, should theoretically be so far advanced that it shouldn’t be considered an issue.

    Yet a “benchmark” study from the Women in Wireless (WiW) group in association with Telefonica has revealed that “organisational culture” is a key factor in the underrepresentation of women in senior business roles within the sector.

    Two out of three respondents to the survey believed that the make-up of...

    By James Bourne, 24 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Research, Wireless.

    How wireless technology enables the IoE ecosystem

    Perhaps you have seen the research that Cisco IBSG has shared about the Internet of Everything phenomenon. Others are now participating in the global market assessment, with the intent to gain a better understanding of the applications and associated upside potential. The latest data from ABI Research on the Internet of Everything (IoE) shows that there are more than 10 billion wireless connected devices in the market today -- with over 30 billion devices...

    By David H. Deans, 23 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, M2M, Research, Wireless.

    Collaborative is the new black

    Last week I had the opportunity to speak about Net Neutrality at two separate events organised for and around internet start-ups. The first was an informal gathering organised by the recently founded France Digitale, a structure devoted to carrying the voice of internet entrepreneurs to the...

    By Benoît FELTEN, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Research.

    GfK enhances ad campaign dashboard, introduces overlay tagging

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    Campaign evaluation toolkit allows agencies, advertisers to assess, course-correct quickly

    NEW YORK - GfK’s Digital Market Intelligence (DMI) team has released the first in a planned series of 2013 enhancements to its top-quality solutions for digital ad campaign evaluation, expanding its client dashboard and introducing overlay tagging of ad units.

    “We are working continuously to meet our clients’ existing needs and anticipate future ones, building greater convenience and accountability into our systems. Together with our clients and...

    By Otilia Otlacan, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Content, Infographic, Research.

    Analyst says Samsung is “tail wagging the dog” as Droid profits creamed

    It’s common knowledge Samsung is Android’s biggest player – just this month shipping 10 million of the South Korean giant’s latest ‘S4’ flagship – but just how much does the hardware manufacturer take away from Android?

    According to Neil Mawston at Strategy Analytics; Samsung holds 41% of the...

    By Ryan Daws, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infographic, Marketing, Mobile, Research, Smartphones.