A journey on the evolution of the G [infographic]

If 4G is ‘super-fast’, the first generation wireless network seems like a crawl in comparison. It’s been a long journey, with the first 1G cellular network launched in Japan back in 1979.

But the rise since then has been nothing short of incredible. And it’s not going to stop any time soon. This year is predicted to see more than one Exabyte of data travelling across the global mobile network every month.

It’s no wonder there was so much excitement at this year’s Mobile World Congress...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infographic, LTE, Wireless.

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.

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.

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.

4G LTE connections grow 50 percent in 5 months

According to the latest market study by 4G Americas, the number of LTE connections worldwide passed 100 million in May -- with the U.S. and Canada capturing 57 million subscriptions of that global total. There are 172 operators in 70 countries with LTE mobile networks and more than 250 commercial LTE networks are expected by the end of 2013. "We are pleased to report that 20 Latin American operators have commercially deployed LTE networks and the number of connections in the region is quickly increasing," said Chris Pearson, President of 4G Americas.

By David H. Deans, 04 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Infographic, LTE, Mobile, Smartphones.

Mobile delivered digital content will reach $65 billion

The forward-looking outlook for the savvy leaders in the progressive digital media industry is very bright. The mobile owning public is now aware that mobile devices can be used to perform tasks beyond voice and text -- in North America nearly 65 percent of mobile handsets were used to access mobile entertainment services in 2012; 75 percent were used to browse the Internet. In Western Europe the comparable figures were 47 percent and 65 percent respectively. Annual revenue generated from digital content delivered to mobile phones and media...

By David H. Deans, 22 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Infographic, Mobile.

Emerging Threats combats millions of new malware a week

There are 250,000 plus new pieces of malware being produced each day equating to one piece per person in the US in just over three and a half years. The question is, what do you do with this onslaught of algorithms which are written with malicious intent in mind? One company, Emerging Threats thinks they can help with part of the equation… Identification of the sites which are compromised.

I recently met with the company at Interop in Las Vegas to learn about their IP and domain...

By Rich Tehrani, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infographic, Security.

Upside for multi-screen video delivery via gateways

This year, many broadband service providers in developed markets will have to make a strategic choice -- just cut costs and plan to report more pay-TV subscriber losses, or seek ways to offer greater value-added services and make the required investment in infrastructure. Infonetics Research released excerpts from its latest market study which delves into service provider strategies for deploying residential gateways, the applications driving their deployments, and their top picks for residential gateway vendors, services, technologies, and associated features. "Operators continue to morph their fixed broadband network strategies to focus not only on the size...

By David H. Deans, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Devices, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, Multi Screen, Operators.

Google’s possible tax avoidance row gets bigger, Schmidt criticises politicians

Google’s possible tax avoidance row gets bigger and more heated in the UK as Labour leader Ed Miliband promises action, whilst Google Chief Eric Schmidt criticises UK politicians.

Factually both leaders agree on one issue, international tax reform. Schmidt was quoted as saying he wishes to move the avoidance “away from accusation and toward action” for global firms to be more transparent of their tax structures.

Schmidt acts as an advisor to Chancellor George Osborne, and at a meeting of...

By Ryan Daws, 20 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Europe, Government, Industry, Infographic.

GfK enhances ad campaign dashboard, introduces overlay tagging

Globe and keyboard

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.

136.7 million Americans now own a Smartphone

The growth of smartphone adoption in the U.S. marketplace has me wondering, how much more upside is available and when will we likely see full market saturation? comScore released data that reported the key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry during the three month average period ending March 2013. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 39 percent OEM market share, while Google Android led as the number one smartphone platform with 52 percent platform market share. ...

By David H. Deans, 17 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

Top 3 mobile service innovation demands in China

The essential components of the mobile Internet -- network, device and application -- are all undergoing changes, along with the ongoing evolution of mobile communication industry. Today, mobile devices increasingly meet various demands for communication, entertainment, learning, living, working, and access to innovative m-commerce applications. They also enhance people’s sense of hearing, sight and touch; expand the breadth and depth of communication; and speed up the transformation of people’s...

By David H. Deans, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Infographic, Mobile, Operators.

Smartphone shipments grew by 30 percent in Q1

The mobile communications sector continues to advance -- with new handheld devices driving mobile internet usage. Juniper Research estimates that the number of smartphone shipments reached almost 200 million in Q1 2013, representing a growth of 30 percent from the same quarter in 2012. Samsung increased its smartphone market share by shipping an estimated 68 million smartphones and accounting for approximately 34 percent of all smartphone shipments...

By David H. Deans, 10 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

Nokia aims to conquer low and mid-range, but is there any chance of success?

The Nokia Asha 501 was announced at a global launch event in New Delhi earlier this week to much praise, mainly regarding the Lumia-esque differential styling, the “swipe” UI, and the price.

For anyone not familiar with the Asha line, it’s the Finnish-manufacturer’s solution to emerging markets; offering fantastic devices at extremely affordable pricing whilst being incredibly attractive.

Taking the 501 as an example of this, the device which is available in many fluorescent colours (and playful design is...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Devices, India, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Smartphones.

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.

Monetising cloud/OTT services – agility still top priority for CSPs

There was a familiar topic at the centre of discussion at the recent Telco Cloud World Forum in London; arguably one that has yet to be fully addressed.

Alongside the widespread acceptance that the IT and telecoms industries are rapidly converging "in equal parts a challenge and an opportunity for both" there has been continued discussion on how CSPs must quickly adapt to offer a wider set of services beyond traditional communications.

The reason for this convergence is relatively straightforward –...

By Rob Smith, 01 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud, Industry, Infographic.

Nielsen finally introduces metrics for online TV

Most TV viewers have likely heard of Nielsen at some stage. If you haven’t, they are generally the organisation which offers industry-standard ratings to measure viewership. Up until now these ratings have been becoming more and more irrelevant as audiences move online.

Announced today through a press release, Nielsen is to offer Digital Program Ratings, partnering at launch with many of the major networks including A+E, ABC, AOL, CBS, The CW, Discovery Communications, FOX, NBC and Univision.

This is a...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Industry, Infographic, IPTV, Networks.

Does free mobile messaging mean goodbye SMS?

Receiving your very first SMS – at the time it seemed such a marvel of modern technology. These days it’s something we take for granted as ever more advanced features are released for our daily use, but is the era of SMS over?

For the first time, free messaging apps have taken over the now dated SMS system many of us have been familiar with for over 15 years, helping to keep us all more connected.

A study from Informa has revealed the extent of this shift. According to the research firm almost 19...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Infographic, Mobile, Networks, Smartphones.