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Report: Connected Car M2M Traffic Will Pose ‘Grave’ Rush Hour Challenges

Emerging as a key aspect of the fast-developing Internet of Things (IoT), equipping connected cars with mobile broadband capabilities presents new challenges for network operators, according to a new research report produced by Machina and commissioned by Teoco, a provider of planning, assurance, analytics and...Learn More

Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Forecast Sees Strong Growth

A new report from Maravedis Rethink for the Wireless Broadband Alliance highlights a wide range of service provider opportunities involving carrier-grade Wi-Fi and offers some compelling forecasts. The WBA is an industry organization focused on next-generation Wi-Fi. The report authors see a bright future for...Learn More

ABI: iPad Market Share Drops Sharply

The Apple iPad market share continued to slide in 4Q 2014 amid stagnating growth in the global tablet market overall, according to the latest market data from ABI Research. Totaling 21.42 million, shipments of Apple tablets fell 18 percent year-over-year in 4Q’14. Data for 1Q’15...Learn More

CFO: Verizon Mobile Video Plans Include Ad-Supported Offering

Verizon plans to launch an ad-supported mobile video offering this summer that will not count against a customer’s monthly data allotment, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo at an investor conference today. Also this summer Verizon plans to launch a...Learn More

Average Mobile Data Usage Forecast to Double in Four Years, Wi-Fi Offload Accounts for Majority

Mobile data traffic is going to soar as users of smartphones, feature phones and tablets download an expected total of nearly 197,000 petabytes (PB) of digital data by 2019 – the equivalent of 10 billion Blu-ray movies, according to a new research report from Juniper...Learn More

CEA: Streaming Video Subscribership Reaches 40% of Households

Ownership of digital content will surpass that of traditional content over the course of the next few years, according to the Consumer Electronics Association’s 17th “Annual CE Ownership and Market Potential Study. Widespread adoption and use of smartphones are key drivers. Following TV sets and...Learn More

Verizon Rural LTE Program Now Reaches 2.5 Million People

It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we first heard about Verizon’s LTE in Rural America program, which gives small rural network operators the ability to build out Verizon spectrum in areas where Verizon is not doing a build-out. In a blog post,...Learn More

AT&T-Hulu Deal Brings OTT Video to Mobile and Broadband

It seems like every week lately there has been an announcement of a multi-play service provider adding an OTT video subscription service to its offerings. The latest such news comes today from AT&T, which said it has made a deal to bring the Hulu subscription...Learn More

CTIA: Licensed Spectrum Economic Benefits Exceed $400 Billion a Year

Licensing wireless spectrum generates more than $400 billion a year in economic activity, a new report produced by the Brattle Group for CTIA – The Wireless Association says. This includes the direct and indirect economic impacts of actions on the part of mobile telecom carriers...Learn More

Verizon Digital Strategy Now Includes Buying AOL

Verizon will buy AOL for $4.4 billion or $50 per share. AOL primarily focuses on digital content and online advertising, but has a long storied past with the Internet. Its early foundation was built on dial-up Internet subscriptions, a legacy that still contributes today, with...Learn More

ABI: Sports, Transportation, and Healthcare Venues Drive In Building Wireless Investment Growth

The global market for in-building wireless (IBW) equipment and deployments will more than double by 2020. North America will drive growth for the market overall while growth in Europe and Asia-Pacific will pick up in 2016, according to a new report from ABI Research. Encompassing...Learn More

Survey: Seniors Want to Keep Lifeline Phone Program

Launched back in 1985, the federal Lifeline program provides qualified low-income consumers, including many retired people on fixed incomes, access to telecoms services from private-sector service providers at discounted rates. Part of the Universal Service Fund (USF), Lifeline discounts today can be used for wireless...Learn More