Nearly seven out of eight U.S. smartphone owners care more about smoothness and less buffering time on a standard definition video than they do about high definition pixel quality while watching mobile video over a poor connection, according to newly-released results from a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Skyfire. This new research shows the importance of network data quality, speed of delivery, and smooth multimedia playback for smartphone users.
With data traffic from video downloads and on-the-go web surfers clogging up telecoms networks, mobile equipment makers such as Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks should be booming. But while iPhone-maker Apple Inc's shareholders are waxing rich on a communications revolution driven by smartphones and tablet computers, those who make the infrastructure for the information superhighway are being squeezed.
Network equipment makers have been facing slowing demand for their products as telecom carrier customers cut spending amid a sluggish U.S. economy and weakness in Europe. This hold true for both Acme Packet and Adtran, who reported shares at their lowest in two years, while Calix reported that shares have dived to their lowest ever.
Shares of ZTE Corp, the world's fifth-biggest telecommunications equipment maker, logged the steepest fall in more than three years in Hong Kong as a profit warning and a probe by the U.S. government cast a gloom over the company's near-term fortunes.
ZTE's (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) stock slumped 16.3% to close at HK$10.46 on Monday in the largest decline since October 27, 2008. Trading volume was nearly seven times that of its 30-day average.
Market research firm Infonetics Research released its latest 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE) Services and Subscribers: Voice, SMS/MMS, and Broadband report, which found that globally, the mobile services market is forecast to grow to $976 billion by 2016, with the bulk of the growth coming from mobile broadband services
Teliasonera is selling its Spanish mobile operator Yoigo, four people familiar with the matter said, in a $1.2 billion plus deal that could attract tycoon Carlos Slim, Vodafone and France Telecom as bidders.
The Nordic telecoms group has hired Deutsche Bank to manage the disposal of its 76% stake in Yoigo (Madrid, Spain), the sources said, as it exits non-core markets in favor of its Scandinavian heartland and higher-growth central Asia.
On Wednesday, FreedomPop, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), and Sprint announced the formation of a strategic wholesale relationship that will allow FreedomPop to use Sprint’s 3G network and 4G LTE network, which is set to launch next week.
The telecoms regulator is prepared to approve Verizon Wireless' plan to buy airwaves from cable companies, according to people with knowledge of the situation, though the company still has to convince the Justice Department that the deal will not lead to higher prices for consumers.
Juniper Networks, a network systems provider, on Wednesday announced that Telefonica Digital has selected Juniper Networks Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite to create a branded mobile security service for its consumer customer base across Europe.
Calix, Inc. on Thursday released excerpts for its latest U.S. Rural Broadband Report, based on Internet traffic information drawn from over 50 U.S. communications service provider networks from the first quarter (January through March) of 2012.