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ABI: Branded Tablet Shipments Drop 35% in One Quarter

Branded tablet shipments posted a record-high 35 percent quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) decline in 2015’s first quarter (1Q’15). Year-over-year (YoY) they fell 16 percent, according to the latest tablet shipments’ market data from ABI Research. The latest statistics from ABI’s Media Tablets, Ultrabooks and eReaders market data...Learn More

Mobile Subscriber Forecast Calls for 128% Penetration by 2020

The U.S. mobile market is entering a new evolutionary phase as consumer adoption of mobile and wireless devices and services nears, or has reached, saturation, according to Strategy Analytics. With the base of new customers shrinking, U.S. wireless network operators are now focusing on promoting...Learn More

Wheeler Recommends Rural Auction Credits in 600 MHz Auction

Small rural companies bidding on spectrum in the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum would have the opportunity to obtain 15% bidding credits if a proposal made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week is adopted by the commission. Wheeler’s proposal, which is circulating within...Learn More

AT&T to Invest Some $3 Billion in Mexico Mobile Internet Expansion

AT&T intends to expand its high-speed mobile Internet service to Mexico, creating what they hope will be a converged market in North America, serving some 400 million people. AT&T on June 25 announced it will invest some $3 billion in the expansion and expects its...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile to Account for Half of All Online Video Viewing by End 2015

Internet users around the world continue to engage in more online viewing via mobile devices. According to Ooyala’s “Q1 2015 Global Video Index,” 42 percent of all online viewing occurred via mobile devices. Smartphones are the main growth driver. Online viewing via smartphones was four...Learn More

IDC: Mobile Workers Will Make Up Nearly 75 Percent of U.S. Workforce

The number of mobile workers in the U.S. will rise from 96.2 million to 105.4 million over the next five years. By 2020 mobile workers will account for nearly three-quarters (72.3 percent) of the U.S. workforce, according to a new report from IDC. Falling prices...Learn More

AT&T to Face Record $100 Million FCC Fine

The FCC has been active with their industry enforcement role recently. The latest illustration is a proposed $100 million fine against AT&T  for “misleading consumers” on their unlimited wireless data plans. It’s the largest fine ever issued by the FCC and AT&T plans to fight...Learn More

Juniper: Wi-Fi Offload Growth Will Reach Nearly 60 Percent of Mobile Data Traffic

Wireless network operators continue to turn to Wi-Fi networks to carry mobile data traffic, according to the latest market research from Juniper Research. Wi-Fi offload growth will handle carry nearly 60 percent of data traffic generated by smartphones and traffic by 2019 – a nearly...Learn More

Progress: IoT Revenue Can be Found From 65 Percent of IoT Apps

Companies are finding that implementing Internet of Things (IoT) apps can generate revenue. Sixty-five percent of IoT apps in production are producing revenue – by definition through automated machine-to-machine connections, according to new market research from software development company Progress and Harbor Research. Surveying 675...Learn More

4G LTE Subscriber Forecast Calls for 2.3 Billion Subscribers by 2019

The number of 4G LTE subscribers worldwide will grow at a 35 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over the next five years, rising from 516 million to 2.3 billion. The prediction comes from TeleGeography, which bases its projection on data obtained from its GlobalComms...Learn More

LTE-U Standards: NCTA Accuses Carriers of Circumventing Usual Process

Technologies that aim to support LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands could create interference with Wi-Fi networks, argues the National Cable & Telecommunications Association in comments filed with the FCC last week. The NCTA also had strong words for certain equipment manufacturers and for wireless carriers...Learn More

Nielsen Finds Average App Usage Flat at 27 Per Month

Development and use of mobile apps has been skyrocketing as greater numbers of mobile device users take advantage of an ever greater variety of apps and features. The number of apps users make use of in any given month may have reached a plateau even...Learn More