Steve Perlman is ready to give you a personal cell phone signal that follows you from place to place, a signal that’s about 1,000 times faster than what you have today because you needn’t share it with anyone else.
Perlman — the iconic Silicon Valley inventor best known for selling his web TV company to Microsoft for half a billion dollars — started work on this new-age cellular technology a decade ago, and on Wednesday morning, he’ll give the first public demonstration at Columbia University in New York, his alma mater. Previously known as DIDO, the technology is now called pCell — short for “personal cell” — and judging from the demo Perlman gave us at his lab in San Francisco last week, it works as advertised, streaming video and other data to phones with a speed and a smoothness you’re unlikely to achieve over current cell networks.
via This Man Says He Can Speed Cell Data 1,000-Fold. Will Carriers Listen? | Wired Business | Wired.com.
(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.
via U.S. mobile data traffic to jump nearly eight-fold by 2018: Cisco | Reuters.
Summary:Average mobile data use in North America nearly doubled in 2013 to 1.38 GBs a month leading the world. The U.S. isn’t the biggest data hog — that would be Japan — but LTE is driving consumption.
via Cisco: The U.S. officially enters the gigabyte era of mobile data consumption — Tech News and Analysis.
Users of flagship smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 are continuing to suck down more data than their tablet-wielding counterparts, according to a large-scale survey of mobile data consumption in 2013 conducted by JDSU (which last year bought mobile data analytics company Arieso, the company that previously ran the annual survey).
via iPhone 5s Owners Gobbling “Unprecedented” Levels Of Data, Study Finds | TechCrunch.
Instead of worrying about the impact of a mobile data explosion, operators should worry about making it happen in the first place.
Mobile operators have been told for the last two or three years that they should be fretting about how to reduce network costs when faced with explosive data growth. Everybody in the industry will have seen many examples of the so-called ‘scissor-graph’ showing a curve for traffic and costs going one way and a curve for revenue heading off at 90 degrees.
via Crisis ahead for European mobile operators: data growth dangerously slow, and network costs unhealthily low – Insight – News | Analysys Mason.
Makes a welcome change from “exponential” and similar hyperbole in the past.
Cisco has put out its revised 2012-2017 forecasts for mobile data traffic. I’m horribly busy today so I can’t put out a forensic analysis or listen in live to the webcast.
However, a couple of headlines:
Cisco has reported global mobile data growth of 70% during 2012, and revised down its 2013 mobile data traffic forecasts from 2.4EB to 1.6EB, and 2016 forecasts from 10.8EB to 7.4EB (EB=Exabyte). I think it’s still being over-enthusiastic, but this is a welcome return to a sense of reality.
via Dean Bubley’s Disruptive Wireless: New Cisco mobile VNI numbers bring some realism.
Apple’s web traffic share among mobile devices is huge, according to new numbers from Chitika. The online ad network is seeing 43 percent of smartphone web usage coming through iPhones up to the 4S, plus another 3 percent from the iPhone 5 alone. By contrast, the Samsung Galaxy S III is driving 2 percent of mobile web traffic on its network, combined with 15 percent across all other Samsung mobile devices.
via Apple’s Total Smartphone Web Traffic Share Climbs To 46% With iPhone 5, Samsung Trails At 17% | TechCrunch.