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Connected Car Market Will Happen; How is the Issue

By 2022 there will be 1.8 billion automotive machine-to-machine Internet connections, including 700 million connected cars and 1.1 billion aftermarket devices for services such as navigation, usage-based insurance, stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) and infotainment, a new study conducted by Machina Research, and sponsored by Telefónica Digital,suggests. 

What people now do is multitask, using their smart phones, tablets or other devices as the “interaction platform,” is that is what they want to do. The connected car market might face similar challenges. 

People might decide all they want is for the autos to allow connection of smart phones to in-car peripherals such as screens. 

Think of “car phones” and you will see the problem. People like being able to communicate easily from wherever they are. 

But a dedicated car phone no longer makes sense. People just use their mobile phones. 

Machina Research predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of new cars will feature connectivity, growing from less t…

Mobile Operating System Disruption is Possible, but How Often Can it Occur?

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Apple and Samsung had 62 share of the 141 million U.S.-owned smart phones in the March to May 2013 period, comScore reports.

Apple had 39 percent of the installed base, while Samsung had 23 percent. HTC had nearly nine percent while Motorola had nearly eight percent and LG had nearly seven percent.
Though some will question how much benefit Google yet has reaped as a result of its Android initiative, Android ranked as the top smart phone platform in May 2012 with 52 percent market share.
Apple ranked second with 39 percent market share, followed by BlackBerry with nearly five percent, Microsoft with three percent.
And we sometimes forget how rapidly operating system preferences have changed. Until 2010, Symbian lead globally. At the beginning of 2008, Android wasn’t a commercial platform.
By 2010, Android had become the clear market share leader (sales, not installed base) globally.
For new challengers, including Tizen, Firefox and even Windows Mobile, such sudden changes offer hope tha…

How Fast Will Asia Reach First World Levels of Broadband Access?

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How long will it take for Asia to Reach "First World" levels of broadband access adoption and speed? The answer, of course, depends on where we look. Some would say a few nations in Asia already have surpassed most nations in North America and Europe.

But that's the point: Asia is too varied a place to describe in "average" terms, as it arguably includes both the nations with the fastest access as well as some nations with very low access speeds or adoption. 

 Hong Kong has average access speeds of 54.1 Mbps, while South Korea has average speeds of 48.8 Mbps. 

Malaysia, with an average peak connection speed at 18.2 Mbps, represents the average country. 

But Asia is a continent of wide dynamic range, where it comes to access speed. Africa, Europe, South America, and the Pacific (which includes Australia and New Zealand) all have a rather even distribution; consequently they have a median and an average that are both located near the middle. 

 In Asia, median (half …

DirecTV wins LTE Spectrum in Columbia, Brazil

DirecTV Group has spent $45 million to acquire fourth generation spectrum in Brazil. DirecTV plans to use the spectrum to expand its Long Term Evolution business in Brazil.
And although the idea might meet with some skepticism elsewhere, DirectTV plans to use LTE to create a dual-play dual-play offer of entertainment video and broadband Internet access, using LTE as a rival to either digital subscriber line or cable modem services.
DirecTV's Sky Brasil subsidiary acquired 12 regional blocks of 2.5 GHz spectrum in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, as well as in Amapa, Bahia, Goias and Parana, Rio Grande do Sul, and Santa Catarina. DirecTV already had been selling wireless broadband in Brasilia.
DirecTV has four million video customers in Brazil.
Nor is the Brazil expansion the only wireless broadband effort DirecTV has launched in Latin America. DirecTV also has won LTE spectrum in Columbia.
In some ways, DirecTV’s business model is reminiscent of the way early LTE networks were launche…

Two New Mobile Operators Authorized in Myanmar, Illustrates Asia Pacific Mobile Growth

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Telenor and Ooredo (Qatar Telecom) each have won new mobile licenses in Myanmar, competing against existing providers Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) and Yatanarpon Teleport Co.
The awards double the number of mobile service providers in Myanmar and are part of a government plan to dramatically boost mobile phone penetration from the current level of nine percent up to levels more typical of other South Asia nations.
In some ways, the Myanmar move is part of a broader trend, namely the emergence of the Asia Pacific region as the biggest communications market on the planet, measured in terms of subscribers, with the fastest growth rates.
Since the mid-2000s, it has been clear that the Asia-Pacific region will feature the greatest single concentration of communications customers and revenue mass of any region in the world, over the coming years.
So any supplier with ambitions to grow globally has to succeed in the Asia-Pacific region. That is a bit of a change from where growth…

Regulators Can Set Stage for Mobile Innovation, GSMA Argues

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The crucial and strategic requirement for robust wireless, mobile or broadband economic, social and financial results at any given time will vary. Sometimes compelling applications are key. At other times a breakthrough device is the most-important enabler. At other times access to investment capital is the gating factor.
At times viable business models need to be developed, and consumer demand always is ultimately decisive.
But at other times, regulators must act first, before any of the other principal challenges can be tackled. That always is the case for services using spectrum, whether non-licensed, such as Wi-Fi or TV white spaces, or licensed services such as mobile services.
And that is a point the GSM Association now makes. To spur further advances in mobile services, “there is a need for creating a transparent and stable regulatory regime that engages all stakeholders in policy making,” the GSMA now argues.
In other words, stakeholders need stability so they can make long-ter…

Asia Will Lead M2M Deployments and Revenue by 2020

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Asia will by 2020 be the foremost region of the world using machine to machine (M2M) technologies, a study sponsored by the GSM association predicts.
“The mobile industry continues to develop at an unprecedented pace and nowhere is this more evident than in Asia, a region that continues to experience tremendous growth and by 2020 will lead the connected devices and M2M market, both in terms of the number of devices and in terms of revenues,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.
Machine to machine services will add up to $22 billion in economic productivity in China by reducing traffic congestion and therefore saving time, for example.
In India, M2M will, by 2017, help power the equivalent of 10 million homes by cutting power theft and improving efficiency. India loses 24 percent of the electricity it generates every year, costing the country $17 billion, with power theft accounting for around half of these losses.
Remote monitoring, disease management, and preventive medic…

The Reason for "Mobile First" or "Mobile Mostly"

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"Mobile first" or "mobile mostly" have become watchwords for application providers for one very good reason. People are using smart phones and other untethered or mobile devices for a growing percentage of their Internet and application activities.

Looking only at search, some analysts expect mobile search volume to surpass desktop or PC search volume by about 2015. 


Mobile vs. PC Local Search Volumes (BIA/Kelsey Forecast)

The ISP Speed Claim Dilemma

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ISPs face marketing issues no different than other providers of goods and services, namely that consumers generally have some expectations about what features and what prices constitute a reasonable offer.
That means every provider wants to appear to have an edge of some sort, and at a minimum, to supply the baseline of features consumers expect.
ISPs have one additional problem, namely that their product is essentially intangible. As with any other intangible product or service, a consumer cannot fully evaluate product claims until after the product is purchased.
But it still is reasonable to argue that most consumers considering the purchase of an Internet access service will evaluate the advertised speed and the advertised price. That means there will always be pressure to advertise the highest possible speeds.
But consumer protection agencies and regulators do not tend to like exaggerated claims. That is why more attention now is focused on how closely ISPs are able to deliver on s…

SK Telecom Launches LTE Advanced at 150 Mbps

SK Telecom is launching Long-Term Evolution-Advanced service in South Korea, a move that will about double Internet access speeds over the existing version of LTE SK Telecom now is running.

The new network is theoretically capable of download speeds of 150 Mbps, using the amount of spectrum SK Telecom will have to support the new network.


LTE-Advanced, if enough spectrum is available, can deliver up to 1Gbps of downlink and 500 Mbps of uplink. SK Telecom’s LTE-Advanced network will pair two blocks 0f 10 MHz to provide a 20 MHz carrier capable of 150 Mbps.In the future, SK Telecom says it will aggregate multiple 20 MHz carriers to achieve download speeds of 300 Mbps or more. To begin with, the service is available in Seoul, 42 other cities in the provinces of Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do, and 103 universities.

SK Telecom Launches LTE Advanced at 150 Mbps

SK Telecom is launching Long-Term Evolution-Advanced service in South Korea, a move that will about double Internet access speeds over the existing version of LTE SK Telecom now is running.

The new network is theoretically capable of download speeds of 150 Mbps, using the amount of spectrum SK Telecom will have to support the new network.


LTE-Advanced, if enough spectrum is available, can deliver up to 1Gbps of downlink and 500 Mbps of uplink. SK Telecom’s LTE-Advanced network will pair two blocks 0f 10 MHz to provide a 20 MHz carrier capable of 150 Mbps.In the future, SK Telecom says it will aggregate multiple 20 MHz carriers to achieve download speeds of 300 Mbps or more. To begin with, the service is available in Seoul, 42 other cities in the provinces of Gyeonggi-do and Chungcheong-do, and 103 universities.

Telefónica Adds Windows Phone 8 to Firefox OS Support, Wants Alternatives to Apple, Android

Telefónica is among global tier one mobile service providers that are acting to support mobile devices running on operating systems other than Apple and Android, by announcing a new program to boost sales of Windows Phone 8 devices.
Initially for a period of one year, Telefónica will enhance marketing activities in support of its Windows Phone 8 devices in the U.K., Germany, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Chile.
Telefónica also is supporting devices running the Firefox operating system. In any part of the Internet ecosystem, there are natural tensions between participants, over revenue shares, influence or control.
Mobile service providers naturally believe app providers and device providers have too much influence, compared to the service providers, in large part because of end user affinity for certain apps or devices, which gives app or device suppliers leverage.
The long term issue is whether mobile service providers, who do have much sway over packaging and pricing, can really shift co…

Singapore is Looking at Authorizing 189 MHz of White Spaces Spectrum

Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority now is working on the framework for enabling use of former broadcast TV spectrum (TV white spaces) in Singapore, making Singapore among the first nations (United States, Canada and United Kingdom also are among the early movers) looking to commercialize use of TV white spaces for Internet access services.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission  is allowing white spaces operations on a license-exempt basis, with the management of such devices through a database.
The Office of Communications in the United Kingdom is adopting a similar approach. IDA is also considering adopting the same approach to facilitate the initial deployment of white spaces in Singapore.
The IDA also seeks input about whether some white spaces spectrum should be licensed, however, allowing those licensees to gain more certainty about spectrum for services that require something more like a traditional mobile service.
The IDA has allocated the VHF spectrum between 174 MH…

What Does Network Element Unbundling Promote?

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Unbundling of network elements (either of full loops or parts of local access networks) has been touted as a reasonable way to enhance competition in markets where only one broadband access network dominates. Many will argue it has, in some markets, done so. 

But there also is new thinking that unbundling of network elements, and allowing competitors wholesale access to those network elements, at healthy discounts, has had a downside: namely reducing next generation network investment.

Perhaps oddly, some in the U.S. policy community have advocated adopting unbundling policies prevalent in the European Union, precisely at the point that the EU is moving away from some of the features of such policies, such as the amount of wholesale discounts, for example. 

Some of us might argue the shift in thinking is because new problems emerge in new periods of communications policy. Solutions to older problems might actually be problems in newer periods. 

In essence, that is why new questions are be…