What's the outlook for IP connected devices within the home?

Connected TV penetration in North America and Western Europe will surge from just over 10% in 2011 to over 50% by 2017, according to the latest market study by ABI Research. Blu-ray disc player penetration is expected to have a similar progression, increasing from about 25% in Western Europe and North America in 2011 to over 76% by 2017 (standalone and game consoles included). Meanwhile, game console penetration rates by 2017 are only expected to pass 61% in North America and 46% in Western Europe - with adoption rates significantly lower in other regions. There are four major connected...

By David H. Deans, 03 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Infonetics: Mobile network services market will grow to $976bn

Infonetics Research has released its latest report on the mobile network service provider ecosystem, which tracks operator subscribers and revenue derived from pre-paid and post-paid mobile broadband data, voice, and messaging services. "The mobile world is undeniably shifting from voice to data, as mobile operators migrate as many subscribers as they can to data service plans and smartphones," says Stephane Teral, principal analyst for mobile infrastructure and carrier economics at Infonetics Research. Already in North America and...

By David H. Deans, 30 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Broadband, Mobile, N America.

Sprint rolls out US 4G LTE network – a bit late to the party?

The American telecoms carrier Sprint Nextel has announced a rolling out of their 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network in the US.

Sprint, one of the ‘big four’ American long distance providers, has launched their 4G network in 15 American cities, mainly in Georgia and Texas with plans to bring out additional 4G LTE markets later this year.

“This new network is performing extremely well and customers should find it consistent, reliable and really...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: LTE, N America, Operators, Wireless.

107m Americans now own a smartphone, says comScore

comScore released data on the key trends within the U.S. mobile phone industry during the three month average period ending April 2012. Their latest market study surveyed more than 30,000 U.S. mobile network service subscribers. They confirmed, once again, that Samsung continues to be the top handset manufacturer overall, with 25.9% market share. Google Android also continued to grow its share in the U.S. smartphone market, accounting for 50.8% of smartphone subscribers, while Apple captured 31.4%. For the three-month average period...

By David H. Deans, 14 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, N America, Smartphones.

Google finalises Motorola deal by bringing in own CEO

Google hasn’t wasted any time in stamping their mark on the newly-acquired Motorola Mobility, with Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha “stepping down” to be replaced by “long-time Googler” Dennis Woodside.

Woodside had previously been president of Google’s Americas region, as well as overseeing the acquisition of Motorola, and has already set about hiring his own management staff.

Jha will continue to work with Google through the initial...

By James Bourne, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Google, N America.

Microsoft to improve multi-monitor productivity in Windows 8

If you use multiple monitors you have no doubt noticed it can get annoying to have to go back and forth between them to access specific functions like the Start menu.

Well, it seems people at Microsoft too have noticed there is a productivity hit to having to move your mouse back and forth across potentially huge screens.

And a result Microsoft has released its multi-monitor improvements in its Windows 8 Release Preview and the good news is you...

By Rich Tehrani, 21 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Multi Screen, N America.

US telecoms Industry roundup 2010 To 2015

The U.S. telecom industry has been fast changing owing to numerous technological advancements. This research conducted by Axvoice looks at the U.S. telecom industry from 2010 to 2015 and the different factors that are affecting it over this period of time. This research aims to provide a generic overview of the projections for the U.S. telecom industry by monitoring the current trends.

By BroadbandNation, 18 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, N America, Research.

T-Mobile USA culls 900 jobs but expects to put 550 back

T-Mobile USA has announced another round of job cuts with 900 employees leaving the Seattle-based company.

The move comes as the mobile operator reassesses its strategy following a failed $39 billion merger with AT&T last year, claiming that it “will enable us to react with greater speed and effectiveness to customer and market opportunities...that better positions T-Mobile to return to growth.”

T-Mobile is the only one of the ‘big four’ American mobile networks not to carry the...

By James Bourne, 17 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators.

LightSquared files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

Wireless telecoms developer LightSquared Inc. has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after owner Philip Falcone was unable to resolve his long-standing wrangling with creditors.

The Virginia-based company, whose ambitious pledge is to provide “wireless connectivity to every American” in Falcone's words, said that the bankruptcy order was “necessary to preserve the value of our business and to ensure continued operations.”

Falcone will remain with the company, despite creditors...

By James Bourne, 16 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: N America, Satellite, Wireless.

Exploring the Global Digital Signage Market Upside

While there's still a raging debate over the full upside potential of the Digital Signage market, particularly within the retail industry, pundits and insiders know that the most effective way to quantify the market is to follow the display technology outlook. NPD Display Search will once again host a one-day Digital Signage Conference at InfoComm, providing in-depth insight into the projected growth and emerging trends of the digital signage industry. The fifth annual Digital Signage Conference is taking place on June 12, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Practitioners in the...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Developers, N America, Smart TV.

Determining if there really is a spectrum shortage

Those of us who have been in the wireless space for years take for granted that there is a spectrum shortage but the New York Times had a compelling story discussing how spectrum sharing and smart antennas will help alleviate the problem.

They even have a quote from David P. Reed saying that radio frequencies are not finite. TMC's Peter Bernstein disagrees with this last point and has some

By Rich Tehrani, 20 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, N America, Operators, Wireless.

Why More Americans Adopted Connected TV Apps

According to the latest market study by Leichtman Research Group (LRG), 38 percent of all American households now have at least one TV set connected to the Internet via a video game system, a Blu-ray player, a streaming media set-top box, and/or the TV set directly. The current U.S. connected TV adoption estimate is up from 30 percent last year, and 24 percent two years ago. As a result, watching over-the-top video content has become a mainstream consumer activity, with many more people engaging with online video entertainment applications. Video...

By David H. Deans, 19 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Entertainment, N America.

Nokia hit by tough smartphone market: Shares nosedive

Shares in the Finnish mobile giant Nokia plunged by 14% after the firm admitted it was facing a tough battle for smartphone sales, “particularly in India, the Middle East, Africa and China”, and revised its Q1 predictions downwards.

The company has faced an uphill struggle since abandoning the ‘burning platform’ of Symbian and throwing its lot in with Microsoft’s WP7 platform. Sales of its new Lumina windows phones have been sluggish, though Nokia says it sold over 2m handsets...

By Matt Henkes, 12 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, China, India, Mobile, N America, Smartphones.

Why Mobile Feature-Phones Have Strong Demand

The worldwide mobile phone market grew 6.1 percent year over year in the fourth quarter of 2011 (4Q11). According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC), vendors shipped 427.4 million units in 4Q11 -- that's compared to 402.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010. The 6.1 percent year-over-year growth was higher than IDC's earlier forecast of 4.4 percent for the quarter, but weaker than the 9.3 percent growth in 3Q11. "The mobile phone market exhibited unusually low growth last quarter, which shows it is not immune to weaker macroeconomic conditions worldwide," said Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC. The introduction of high-growth products such as the Apple iPhone 4S, which...

By David H. Deans, 17 February 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Asia, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America.

Megaupload founder arrested as US shut down popular file-sharing site

The founder of one of the world’s biggest file-sharing websites, Megaupload, has been arrested for running the website that breaks US online piracy laws.

Kim Dotcom (also known as Kim Schmitz) and three others now face extradition hearings and prison after the US Department of Justice sent New Zealand police to seize their 'playboy lifestyle' homes on Thursday.

More than $8 million in cash, luxury cars and guns were also seized after search warrants were granted around...

By Dani Millward, 20 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Piracy.

SOPA under fire from all sides

Wikipedia, the world’s fifth most visited website, has today replaced its English language pages with a holding page in protest against controversial anti piracy legislation currently making its way through the US Congress.

For 24 hours, Wickipedia’s global English-language pages have been replaced by a landing page explaining the issues surrounding the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA). If passed, the legislation could “fatally damage the free...

By Matt Henkes, 18 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Content, Government, Industry, Licensing, N America.

How Pay-TV Advertising will Shift to New Formats

Increasing consumer adoption of new video entertainment formats -- including video-on-demand (VOD) and viewing on media tablets and smartphones -- will cause up to $22 billion (30 percent) of the U.S. pay-TV advertising market to shift to new formats by 2016. Western Europe will see similar shifts in advertising revenue, while the rest of world will lag in its transition of advertising to these new formats. Regardless, the eventual realignment of all marketer's advertising budgets will have a dramatic impact on the legacy ecosystem. "A shift is already underway in the television advertising marketplace from linear ads inserted by a...

By David H. Deans, 16 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Entertainment, Europe, IPTV, N America, Smart TV.

Huawei grabs 2012 by the horns

In the latest effort to spur growth in the sluggish equipment market, Huawei has unveiled what it claims is the slimmest smartphone at CES 2012 this week. Ascend P1 S features 6.68mm in depth and 4.3-in capacitive screen.

The smartphone runs 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and new Android 4.0. Huawei plans to sell Ascend in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific in April at an estimated retail price of $400 (possibly lower for operator subsidies or service plans). The company hopes the new lineup will amp up smartphone...

By Dr Lin Sun, 12 January 2012, 0 comments. Categories: China, Devices, Industry, N America.

AT&T throws in the towel on T-Mobile merger

 

AT&T has thrown in the towel on its controversial bid to buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telecom (DT).

Since it was announced in March, the £39bn acquisition drew fierce criticism from US consumer groups, not to mention stiff resistance from the US Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The termination of the merger incurs a hefty payout from AT&T, $3bn to DT in Q4 this year. In addition, AT&T will...

By Matt Henkes, 20 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, N America, Operators.