By Mike Dano
The long, strange trip of consolidation in the wireless industry has produced four major, nationwide carriers–and very few other players of note. Today, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint stand as the nation’s Tier 1 wireless carriers, and combined they control roughly 90 percent of the U.S. wireless market.
But that has not always been the case.
via 10 years of consolidation in wireless: The rise of Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint – FierceWireless.
A convincing report arguing that mobile broadband, free business-subsidized WiFi, and tablets are sucking the life out of American cable and broadcast TV networks has appeared on Business Insider. While this in itself may not be news to our readers, the nitty gritty details and the statistics to back it all up should confirm what you might already suspect. TV watchers, movie buffs and sports fans are no longer anchored to a physical home.
via Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show – SlashGear.
The enormous success of the smartphone market has put a rocket booster under Apple Inc.’s stock price. But it’s also stressing the nation’s cellular communications networks.
A torrent of smartphone sales has generated a flood of wireless data traffic that cellular giants, including AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications, are struggling to keep up with.
Their challenges mean sales opportunities for technology providers — among them Austin’s Freescale Semiconductor — that are putting together the building blocks for future networks that will handle more data more easily.
via Building new channels for the data flood.
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.
via Report: iPhone users make up 80% of heaviest data users – FierceWireless.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he wants every fan in every stadium to be able to access the Internet using whatever device they carry into the stands with them, as the NFL continues to grapple with the fact that for many fans, watching games on TV at home — for free — is a better experience than spending a small fortune to go to the game.
via NFL wants high-speed Internet for every fan in every stadium | ProFootballTalk.
Momentum behind LTE is set to accelerate worldwide with the majority of operators planning to launch services this year or next, according to a recent survey by Informa Telecoms & Media.
via Report: 70% of operators think LTE deployments make business sense – FierceWireless:Europe.
What do you get when you give consumers the ability to access the full HTML Internet, over-the-top (OTT) video services, apps and TV Everywhere from mobile devices?
A significantly reduced incentive for them to pay for dedicated carrier-based mobile video services, according to new research from SNL Kagan.
via MediaPost Publications OTT Apps Cut Into Mobile Video Revs 05/25/2012.