As the Internet of Things (IoT) matures, and begins to mean more than the oversimplified (and over-hyped) early examples, such as the much maligned connected fridge, it has become clear that mobile networks will be crucial for ensuring connectivity of devices. It’s beyond doubt that mobile data connectivity (3G/4G) will be key to this, until the arrival of 5G at least.
The current model for mobile operators is not working: two-year strict contracts, poor online experiences and highly inconsistent in-store customer interaction models are not going to keep mobile customers coming back for more. Today’s customers are empowered to make quick decisions based on the level of service they’re getting – and they expect a lot. If their service expectations aren’t being met, they will look to the next provider and take their business elsewhere, and the strict parameters set by mobile operators to lock their business in isn’t going to work for much longer.
The US wireless telecom industry, a once highly differentiated marketplace, is transforming into a sea of beige, making it more and more difficult for customers to differentiate between providers.
As the Internet of Things ushers in a new era of connectivity, service providers have found themselves in a race to bolster their existing infrastructure in order to meet the growing demands of bandwidth-hungry end users and their connected devices. At the same time however, the mobile nature of IoT-enabled devices means that fiber, which has long been viewed as the foundation of modern high-capacity networks, is often no longer an option for introducing the necessary high bandwidth and lower latency to these networks.
SINGAPORE/SEOUL (Reuters) - Efforts to revive its once stellar smartphone fortunes may be doomed if Samsung Electronics cannot overcome its dominant engineering culture, according to serving and former executives and those who have dealt with the company.
This culture, they say, has stymied many previous efforts to develop software and service platforms to support the smartphone business. In the past year several such services have closed down, at least one of them within a year of being launched.
M/C Partners is a Boston-based communications-focused private equity firm, originally the media/communications arm of TA Associates and spun out in the mid-80s. The firm was an early investor in Western Wireless, Nextel, and a host of smaller wireless companies across the country. Its most recent big wireless deal helped to fund the initial build out of MetroPCS in 2001-2002.
The number of people residing in cities is projected to increase from upwards to 6.3 billion people by 2050. A major portion of this growth is expected to occur in the developing countries such as India, China, and several countries in Africa. It is predicted that competition to build innovative and sustainable Smart Cities will cause local government spending to amount to more than 25% of all government external spending on IoT initiatives like connected objects and services by 2018.
In our recent research, we identify three key areas for commercial IoT: (1) Connected Homes, (2) Connected Vehicles, and (3) Industrial IoT. An up-and-coming fourth area is personal IoT via wearable technologies. All of these areas have bearing on various Smart City technologies and solutions within the IoT arena relative to public infrastructure.
This year, more holiday shoppers are expected to shop online, beginning before Black Friday through to the pinnacle of online commerce, Cyber Monday. While an increase in online shopping is good news for anyone looking to avoid the holiday rush, CIOs are rightly worried that their networks may get trampled in the online aftermath. The effect of millions of customers hitting your website at the same time can have a crippling effect on network performance, resulting in unplanned downtime, sales delays and other system hiccups at the most critical and costly time of year.
What is the big deal about 5G? Why is everyone talking about it? Why is so much money being spent on R&D to develop and marketing to capture the hearts and minds of the ICT industry?
As the Internet generation grows accustomed to having broadband access wherever they go and not just at home or in the office, the true promise of mobile broadband is becoming a reality. Fifth Generation (5G) mobile/cellular networks the next major phase of mobile telecommunications standards beyond the upcoming 4G LTE standards.