Fixed mobile convergence has been in the works for a long time, but change is in the air as a shift occurs in telecom infrastructure and network economics. Convergence is a concept we have been discussing in the telecom industry for many years. We already are seeing de facto convergence on a number of levels, such as substitution of wireline minutes by wireless, or the use of the Internet for
While 87 percent of critical business data is found on endpoint PCs, 56 percent of queried employees think their current wireless network security strategy is reactive or inadequate. That's according to a survey of 56 public and private sector organizations conducted by Senforce Technologies, a location-aware endpoint and wireless security vendor.
The likelihood of switching providers among those most dissatisfied with their recent retail purchasing experience increased 46 percent from 2004, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Wireless Retail Sales Satisfaction Study. The study shows that 20 percent of subscribers who are not satisfied with the overall retail purchase experience say they will "definitely" or "probably" switc
Average margins per user (AMPUs) in Central Europe and Eastern Europe fell almost 30 percent to just $6 per month in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. Operators in the region are losing ground with AMPU levels 50 percent below the global average in the current quarter, according to the report, "Wireless Operator Benchmarking Report Q2 2005.
What's new with cameraphone users? According to a study by NPD Techworld for Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., 44.6 percent of survey participants say they've taken pictures on their cameraphones that they wished they had printed. The most commonly noted reasons for not printing the images included image quality, simplicity of process and overall perceived cost.
September 2005 Source: Amazon.com Electronics store
What do cellular automata and Mathematica have to do with ringtones for cell phones? A lot, if you work at Wolfram Research, a computer software firm that has branched into the somewhat unlikely specialty area of ringtones. WolframTones, available via the Website tones.wolfram.com, grew out of founder Stephen Wolfram's desire to create a unique ringtone for his phone.
If cell phones could talk, what tales they'd tell. These devices can't talk, but author Judy Reiser is giving them a voice with her new book. Released last month, "In a Cell Phone Minute" is a collection of anecdotes revolving around the ubiquitous cell phone - how people use, abuse and lose them, and how these devices influence daily life.
This year will be the year that EarthLink, one of the country's largest ISPs, decided to cast its future success with wireless communications. EarthLink has 5.4 million subscribers, based on second-quarter numbers, but has seen its subscriber churn rate increase while revenues declined. Revenues decreased from $348.
Atheros Communications unveiled plans to purchase Taiwan-based ZyDAS Technology Corporation. The deal is valued at $23 million.
Boingo Wireless has forged two new deals that will add 1,200 international hot spots to its Boingo Roaming System.
Cellular infrastructure vendors are looking at a future that isn't all that rosy. To make matters worse, they may lose control over a future they have known in the past. A recent report by industry analyst firm In-Stat says $53.2 million worth of cellular base stations and services will be sold this year.
Whether they're the rebels at Rebtel who want to take the "phony" out of telephony or the upstart guys at JaJah who claim a breakthrough technology, competition is rising from the VoIP world. The competition is coming from the likes of Rebtel, JaJah and the iSkoot Mobile Network for Skype users, freeing callers from their PCs.
The contactless payment market is set to skyrocket over the next 5 years, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. With a series of contactless payment trials planned for the next 12 to 18 months, and as Visa, MasterCard and AMEX entice customers to try tap-and-go contactless solutions, the research firm forecasts that by 2011 mobile phone-based contactless payments will account for
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has the potential to streamline and improve airline baggage handling, according to a new study from ABI Research. The research predicts that overall systems revenue for RFID airline baggage handling will ring in at $11.8 million this year – and will grow to almost $27.