Seamlessly integrating an effective billing system that can handle the hundreds of new services available on mobile phones and wireless networks – and getting paid for them as part of the popular bundling strategy – is not only a tricky proposition, but is also driving many current quad-play business models.
Mike Zafirovski will be allowed to take the helm at Nortel later this month after reaching a settlement with former employer Motorola.
Wireless VoIP handsets and voice-enabling wireless infrastructure will drive more organizations to deploy voice over WLANs (VoWLANs) over the next two years, according to a study by Infonetics Research. The number of organizations deploying such systems will climb from just 10 percent today to 31 percent in 2007, the researchers say.
Handset vendors are changing their stories when it comes to the global handset outlook for 2005. Nokia increased its outlook for the year, calling for industrywide shipments of 780 million units, up from an earlier forecast of 760 million. Analysts at Gartner also are predicting the global mobile phone market will hit 780 million units this year.
Motorola says its global handset market share stands at 19 percent, up one percentage point from the second quarter and 5.5 percentage points from a year ago. That compares to Nokia's 33 percent global market share.
Sure, the majority of a carrier's capital expenditure budget goes toward network equipment, but what about the remainder of the funds? The rest goes toward land and building purchases, software systems and non-revenue-generating equipment. Analysts at Stephens Inc. estimate buildings/land purchases make up 14 percent of a carrier's budget, while leasehold improvements account for 3 percent.
Some cellular users practically worship their phones. Now a new handset promises to help users worship with their phones. Samcom, a fledgling company based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has unveiled a cell phone that can literally point devout Muslim users to the holy city of Mecca. Marketed under the brand name Ilkone – which in Arabic means "universe" – the company is hoping the
If there were a Hall of Fame for mobile entertainment executives, Paul Palmieri would most likely be an inductee. During his tenure as executive director of business development and programming for Verizon Wireless, he was the go-to guy that every aspiring wireless content company wanted to meet. Among his many accomplishments, Palmieri helped architect Verizon's V CAST multimedia service and i
RFID technology's great promise is it will lead to highly efficient, automated wireless networks that can track goods and assets down to the tiniest details. But a devil lurks in those details – in fact, the devil is the details. Retail, consumer goods and shipping businesses adopting RFID asset tracking schemes are now facing the flood of detailed data these systems can generate, and the
Palm's decision to link up with the BlackBerry solution by Research In Motion (RIM) has broader implications for wireless e-mail and its providers than a simple partnership. It is one example of how enterprises are gaining an upper hand. The handset manufacturer announced in October that its Treo 650 will be enabled for use with the BlackBerry push-e-mail platform, which has more than 3 million
During a recent Wireless Week BigTalk, Mark Donovan, vice president and senior analyst of M:Metrics, discussed subscription fatigue with regard to mobile TV. If a subscriber is paying to receive cable TV at home, are they going to be willing to pay again to get that feature on their mobile devices? It's a legitimate question that can be answered two ways.
Unbeknownst to most cell phone users, strategically placed and buried within their handsets are two to three antennas. These internal antennas each serve a purpose, whether it's to lock-in a signal with the closest cell site, find a location using GPS or enable Bluetooth short-range connectivity. Some handsets even have multiple antennas just for cellular connectivity alone.
In early August, the South Dakota Supreme Court handed wireless carriers a novel tool that could be used in their campaign to roll back local and state wireless taxes. The ruling allows South Dakota residents to decide whether to repeal a 3-year-old, 4-percent wireless gross receipt tax. A group of wireless carriers and private individuals spearheaded the effort to get the repeal on the Novembe
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