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.
Historically, broadcast TV’s biggest foes have been cable and newspapers, but now there seems to one more major adversary: wireless operators.Wireless has been lusting after broadcast spectrum, supporting the FCC’s incentive auction. That’s even more threatening since the auction push is headed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the former wireless trade association chief. Now, with Verizon’s nascent LTE Multicast service, it’s also planning on making a direct play for TV stations’ audiences as well.
via Wireless Becoming TV’s Newest Nemesis | TVNewsCheck.com.
Verizon and AT&T have long insisted that the majority of their subscribers face no danger of going over their monthly data caps, but that may be about to change. The New York Times reports on a new study published this week showing that average monthly mobile data consumption in the United States has surged over the last year, going from an average of 690MB per month in 2012 to 1.2GB per month this year. If data usage keeps growing at this pace then next year the average wireless user will consume around 2.4GB per month, which is well over many subscribers’ monthly data caps.
via Verizon, AT&T monthly data use could force end of caps | BGR.
Predicting the future is easy. The trick lies in getting the timing right. For example, 2012 failed to bring us either the Mayan end of days or those flying cars that the science fiction writers promised us back when we were children. That doesn’t mean that we’ll never have flying cars, or that three-dimensional road rage and texting wouldn’t bring about the end of civilization. But it just didn’t happen in 2012.
via Wi-Fi And Cellular Growth Will Continue In 2013.
MisterDTV – Yet another example of where the pull in Washington is. Another former FCC commissioner goes to the wireless industry. Just saying…
Wireless infrastructure trade association PCIA named Jonathan Adelstein CEO and president, replacing outgoing CEO and President Michael Fitch who announced plans to step down from his position earlier this year. Adelstein previously served as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service as well as a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2009.
via Adelstein tapped as new PCIA president, CEOMobile Technology | Wireless Broadband | Wireless Carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless News.
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.
The continuing growth in mobile data could place operators under extreme financial pressure unless they implement ways to provide bandwidth in a more cost-efficient way, according to a new study from Solon Management Consulting.
The research firm expects data traffic to increase 15-fold between 2011 and 2016 for Germany alone, which could see operator costs doubling for access and backhaul networks.
Mobile operators need to act now to meet the mobile cost challenge, according to Stephan Kalleder, principal at Solon and author of the study. Without adequate countermeasures, “network capacity requirements would almost double network Opex from 12 per cent of reve
via Analyst: Mobile data growth could double infrastructure costs within 5 years – FierceWireless:Europe.