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Big Carriers Will Want Small Ones to Support VoLTE Roaming

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As the nation’s largest wireless service providers roll out VoLTE, they’re looking for ubiquitous coverage – and that presents both opportunities and challenges for the nation’s smaller rural wireless operators that rely on roaming agreements with the larger carriers for coverage outside their home turf....Learn More

GfK: Phablet Share of Mobile Device Market Hits 12.8%

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Mobile phone users can’t seem to get enough of phablets – smartphones with screens of 5.5 inches and larger, according to the latest market research from GfK. Phablet sales have been outpacing overall consumer demand for mobile devices since Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy Note...Learn More

Carrier VoLTE Survey: 80% Expect Enhanced User Experience

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Mobile operators see Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) providing an effective means of driving revenue growth and countering competition in voice and video calling from over-the-top (OTT) service providers, according to new market research conducted by Ovum for iBasis. VoLTE is gaining traction among the mobile service providers...Learn More

Report: Apple-Samsung Tablet Market Share Drops to 43 Percent

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Apple and Samsung – the world’s two largest tablet vendors – aren’t dominating the global tablet market to the degree they are for smartphones. Apple and Samsung’s combined tablet market share dropped to 43 percent in 2014 while growth in shipment volume slowed to 6.6...Learn More

IDC: Android, iOS Market Share Dominance Increases

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Global market shares for Android and iOS smartphones edged even higher in both 4Q and all of 2014, moving Google and Apple closer to complete market domination, according to new market research from IDC. Taken together, Android and iOS smartphones accounted for 96.3 percent of...Learn More

With the fring Alliance, Genband Hopes to Empower Carriers to Play in OTT World

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Over-the-Top (OTT) services like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and others have long ridden communications service providers’ (CSPs) networks to reach end consumers with interactive communications applications. In so doing, they have cut into CSPs’ profits by lowering usage for text messaging, voice calls, conference calling, and...Learn More

ABI: North American Mobile Carrier Capex Twice That of European Carriers

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In line with historical trends, North American mobile operators will continue to invest twice as much in long-term assets as their counterparts in other world regions, according to ABI Research. The market research company forecasts North American mobile operators will make $63 in capital expenditures...Learn More

Mobidia: Despite High Average 4G Data Usage, Users Buying Bigger Data Plans Than Needed

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LTE subscribers consume more cellular data than other wireless service carrier customers, according to new market research from Mobidia Technology and London-based market research company Ovum. Not only that, more than half of LTE subscribers buy larger data plans than they need. With global LTE...Learn More

Gfk on Smartphone Use in Stores: Online Price Checking is Common

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Growing numbers of smartphone users are turning to those devices and the World Wide Web to help them make purchase decisions while out shopping in stores, according to new market research from GfK. Using mobile phones to compare prices tied with contacting a friend or...Learn More

Some Operators Deploying NFV and VoLTE in Unison

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Wireless operators are getting serious about deploying voice over LTE (VoLTE) and network function virtualization (NFV), as a couple of new announcements illustrate. Perhaps not surprisingly, VoLTE looks to be where NFV initially may take root in carrier networks. Virtualized IP network provider Interop Technologies...Learn More

Survey Finds Strong Interest in Heart Health Technology

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Nearly 100% of senior citizens (95 percent) would use high-tech devices and/or services to monitor and manage heart health if recommended by doctors, according to a survey conducted by iTOK, “a technology advisory company that helps older adults get the most from their computers and...Learn More

Samsung LoopPay Purchase Seeks Leg Up in Mobile Wallet Market

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Samsung yesterday afternoon said it has reached an agreement to acquire LoopPay, developer of mobile payment technology that converts existing point-of-sale (POS) terminals into contactless receivers. LoopPay’s approach to mobile payment has the potential to work with approximately 90% of existing POS terminals, the companies...Learn More