(Reuters) – The volume of data crossing U.S. mobile networks will grow almost eight-fold by 2018, and demand for Internet-connected devices will also skyrocket, according to a report released on Wednesday that poses questions about U.S. spectrum policy.
AT&T today confirmed a long-rumored plan to monetize wireless data caps by charging content providers for the right to serve up video and other media without chewing up consumers\’ monthly data limits.
Sometimes called 1-800-DATA, AT&T billed the plan as \”a new way for eligible 4G customers to enjoy mobile content and apps over AT&T’s wireless network without impacting their monthly wireless data plan.\”
AT&T, under the guise of “sponsored data,” launched a sneaky attack on innovation Monday — though it has been talking about it for a while, as reported by my colleagues in the past. Ma Bell, disingenuous as always, is touting examples of movie companies buying data to show trailers and health insurance companies to show instructional videos. It’s a good example of how big phone companies and cable companies whitewash their true intentions.
COMMENT – It would seem to me that if broadcasters embraced the ‘ideas’ that have been introduced to the industry about data off-loading of mobile video content, to what I call “Broadcast Overlay” and the folks at TDF in Europe call “B2M” (broadcast to mobile), a wealth of operating bandwidth gets preserved for precisely the kinds of applications this article fears gets pushed aside. – MisterDTV
As little as 18 months ago, mobile VoIP and IP messaging apps were considered niche by operators. Now we pose the biggest “threat” the industry has even seen. In fact, a Telco 2.0 report suggests that within three years, 40 percent of messaging and 21 percent of voice revenues will vanish due to over the top (OTT) players like Rebtel, Whatsapp and Viber.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone users are the biggest data hogs, and make up 80 percent of the top 10 percent of heaviest data users, according to a new report from research firm Analysys Mason.
Verizon Wireless apparently isn’t done talking about its controversial plan to phase out “grandfathered” unlimited data plans for smartphone users. It issued a statement to The New York Times Thursday, detailing exactly how the policy would be implemented. What it boils down to is this: You can keep unlimited, but don’t expect Verizon to subsidize your device.
Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo said today that the carrier will eliminate unlimited data plans when customers make the switch to a 4G phone.
Shammo made the comment at a JPMorgan conference, according to Fierce Wireless.
Verizon did not respond to a request for comment.