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Worldwide High 360 Million North American LTE Connections

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Global 4G LTE connections soared 81% year-over-year (YoY) in 3Q 2016, according to data from 5G Americas released last week. North American LTE connections reached 360 million, researchers said. 4G LTE penetration and mobile wireless market share were highest in North America (U.S. and Canada)...Learn More

Flurry: Communitainment Fuels 38.5 Percent Rise in Mobile App Usage

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The average amount of time U.S. mobile device users spend engaged with mobile app content rose another 38.5 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to Yahoo’s Flurry market research unit. That follows a 108 percent increase between 2014 and 2015. Researchers attribute this rise, in...Learn More

IDC: Tablet Shipments Will Rebound Thanks to Detachables

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In just a short span of time, tablets have gone from a computing/communications device and consumer electronics growth leader to an als0-ran. Growth will pick up again, but not until 2018 and then top out in single-digit rates, according to the latest from the IDC...Learn More

MBBF: 5G Future is About Digitizing the World, Once and For All

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The migration to a 5G future is already underway and it’s going to be different than previous wireless generation migrations. Much different. That was a key theme at Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), held last week in Tokyo. Seizing the true business opportunity amongst the...Learn More

IDC: Smartphone Shipment Growth to Slow Sharply, Total 1.45 Billion in 2016

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Global smartphone shipment growth will be just 0.6% year-over-year (YoY) in 2016 to total 1.45 billion units, according to the latest from IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. That’s down sharply from 10.4% YoY growth exhibited in 2015. Growth in developed markets, including the U.S.,...Learn More

iPass and Telrite Corporation Partner to Bring Unlimited Wi-Fi Access to Lifeline Program Subscribers

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Atlanta, Georgia  —  November 29, 2016  —  iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the leading provider of global mobile connectivity, and Telrite Corporation, through its Lifeline supported wireless service, Life Wireless™, today announced a partnership to bring unlimited Wi-Fi access to qualifying subscribers of the Lifeline program. The...Learn More

Report: U.S. High-Tech Jobs Average 30K per Congressional District

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The high-tech economy plays an important role in every U.S. Congressional district, including providing an average of nearly 30,000 jobs per congressional district, according to new research about U.S. high-tech jobs from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. “The U.S. economy is extremely diverse, and...Learn More

Mobile Broadband Forum: 4.5G WTTH Helping Accelerate Next Generation Fixed Wireless

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Growing fixed wireless momentum across the globe is leading to the concept of wireless-to-the-home (WTTH), promising fiber like speeds that are increasingly seen as lower cost alternative option for traditional wireline fixed broadband service. WTTH was on full display last week with particular emphasis on...Learn More

AT&T OTT Service DIRECTV NOW to Launch with 100+ Channels, Original Content for $35/month

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AT&T today took the wraps off its eagerly awaited AT&T OTT services, featuring DIRECTV NOW – and there’s a lot to sort through. There will be three AT&T OTT video offerings available on Wednesday November 30th, one of which, DIRECTV NOW, has four different tiers....Learn More

Nielsen Studies WiFi Vs. Cellular Usage Patterns

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Paying monthly mobile overage charges is becoming increasingly burdensome for consumers as they continue to consume more in the way of mobile video and other forms of data-hungry content. Six point six percent of mobile Android consumers were billed for overage charges in 2Q 2016,...Learn More

WBA Carrier WiFi Forecast Calls for Tighter Licensed/ Unlicensed Wireless Integration

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The mix of services that generate carrier WiFi revenues will change substantially between now and 2016, according to a carrier WiFi forecast from the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) and Maravedis Rethink. Currently wholesale services are the biggest source of carrier WiFi revenues, with mobile network...Learn More

IDC: Used Mobile Phone Market to Reach 222.6 Million Units by 2020

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The market for used and reconditioned smartphones will grow at a 22.3 percent CAGR, rising from 81.3 million to 222.6 million units from 2015-2020, according to used mobile phone market research from IDC. Most major U.S. carriers, many retailers and e-tailers are running some type...Learn More