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Dec, 2014

ABI Research: 5G in 2020 Rare, 5G in 2025 Huge

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It's perhaps one of the biggest truisms the technology sector contains: everything that is now is at least somewhat overshadowed by what's next. So much so that, in some cases, what's brand new today could be meaningless and obsolete in a matter of months. Those who are into 4G, meanwhile, have little concern about this, according to a new report from ABI Research that suggests that 5G will be a while in coming, but when it shows up, will go over in a big way. The ABI Research report notes that…
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Dec, 2014

UK Telecom Market On Verge of Major Consolidation

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After BT began moving towards an acquisition of either Telefonica SA’s O2 or EE, the wireless carrier co-owned by Orange SA and Deutsche Telekom AG, a Vodafone reaction was virtually certain.Vodafone arguably cannot allow BT to amass that much revenue scale and bundling capability without the ability to match future BT offers and market share, as the U.K. telecommunications market would lurch towards a two-tier structure with BT possibly able to climb up to the top of the market share…
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Nov, 2014

Report: Global VoIP Services Market to Reach $137 Billion by 2020

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Transparency Market Research (TMR) recently released a report that predicts a bright future for the global VoIP services market. By 2020, it is expected to grow to $136.76 billion with 348.5 million subscribers. It’s somewhat counterintuitive, but one of the driving forces behind this growth is the growth of mobile device use. An increase in smartphone and tablet use means more Internet use. This in turn, results in more mobile VoIP (mVoIP) use. BYOD policies and a growing availability of…
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Nov, 2014

Carriers to Lose up to $14B on OTT Services

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A new report by Juniper Research forecasts carriers to lose up to $14 billion revenue on over the top (OTT) apps in 2014. That’s 26 percent more than last year. The firm found that in some markets, including Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom, carrier revenues had fallen to less than 60 percent of what they’d been five years ago. Not only are these carriers facing lower revenues, they’re also struggling to keep up with the traffic these services generate. There’s an…
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Oct, 2014

Report: Telecom Capex to Grow 3% in 2014

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Telecom operators around the world invested heavily in fiber optic and 4G LTE networks in 1H 2014 as they continued a transformation from voice- to data-centric infrastructure and services, according to a Carrier Economics report released by the Dell’oro Group September 30. Telecom operators’ capital expenditures (capex) increased at a mid-single digit rate during 2014′s first half. Mobile network infrastructure capex registered a double-digit increase, outpacing the low…
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Oct, 2014

End of Europe Mobile Roaming Fees in 2016? Maybe Not

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Mobile roaming fees within European Union countries has been slated for 2015 reductions as part of moves aimed at eliminating roaming fees altogether, originally forecast for 2016.  But there might now be a delay in the timetable for ending all roaming fees for text messaging, mobile Internet or voice by 2016. Mobile service providers have opposed those changes, for obvious reasons. The EU market for mobile roaming services creates revenue for mobile service providers.  In 2009, for…
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Sep, 2014

By the End of 2014, There Will be More Mobile Phones than People

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Around the world, and especially in developing countries, mobile phones are starting to become ubiquitous. Smartphones are versatile enough to become some of the best ways for people around the world to access the Internet, yet simple enough to be used by all demographics as a standard phone. So many of these phones are being built that by the end of this year, there will be more phones than human beings on the planet with a projected 7.3 billion devices. This staggering statistic means that…
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Sep, 2014

Report: Mobile Usage on the Rise; Time Spent Increased 24 Percent

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Recent research shows that Internet users in the U.S. are consuming more media on their mobile devices than on desktops, and within that mobile usage, apps account for the primary method of consumption by a wide margin. The "U.S. Mobile App Report" comes from comScore, a U.S. analytics company, and it shows that people are using their mobile devices 60 percent of the time when consuming digital media. This includes content taken in through apps and through Web browsers. Apps alone are…
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Aug, 2014

Paid Text Apps May Gain PSTN, Voice Connectivity

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Until now wireless carriers may not have paid much attention to some new players in the VoIP arena. These include companies like WhatsApp (now owned by Facebook) that sell smartphone apps that give users a limited ability to send text messages or place calls using their mobile data services. Offerings such as these may let wireless users avoid per-minute and per-message charges, but aren’t really a substitute for traditional voice and text service because they generally lack certain…
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Aug, 2014

Consumers are Eager for Customizable Wireless Service Plans for Mobile

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Mobile phone technology is rapidly evolving, yet the pay structures for consumers have remained largely unchanged. Most phone plans require subscribers to pay for a set number of minutes and text messages in addition to placing a set amount of data for the month, which drives up the cost of a phone plan. This ultimately wrestles control over the phone plan away from the consumer, although a recent survey by Strategy Analytics confirmed that around 60 percent of mobile phone users around the…
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