The U.S. wireless industry is rolling out more consumer-friendly billing practices, fending off a plan by communications regulators to impose new rules against unexpected charges.
Guidelines unveiled on Monday by the wireless trade association, CTIA, will see companies send alerts to customers when they near or reach monthly limits on voice, text and data services, and before they incur international roaming charges.
The guidelines are similar to rules the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was contemplating, and the regulator is backing off its plan for now.
As some of the world’s leading mobile operators continue to remind us in their quarterly results, the roll-out of packet backhaul has been key to mitigating potential cost escalation associated with the transition from a voice centric to a data centric revenue model in mobile services. Many operators that are making that transition successfully draw attention to the critical role that is being played by the transition to packet backhaul...for the full article click here
It is quite apparent that the mobile backhaul industry is in a transition from legacy TDM transport network infrastructures to that of carrier Ethernet. This transition is fueled by the increased use of data-hungry devices that demand more bandwidth, as well as the advantages of deploying carrier Ethernet services (i.e. scalability, flexibility and cost). TelecomEngine got a chance to speak with Juan Prieto, Product Marketing Manager at InfoVista, about the perspective from both Mobile Operators and wholesale providers transitioning to carrier Ethernet transport.
The adoption of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications has really come on strong during the past 12 - 24 months. Component, hardware and network costs have all decreased to levels that make the development and sale of M2M applications an attractive business opportunity across a growingly diverse set of vertical industries. In fact, Analysys Mason is predicting that the global market for M2M devices will grow to 2.1 billion connected devices by 2020, up from 62 million in 2010.
Reporting live from the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, the M2M Zone has had a chance to speak with many leading industry executives to get their take on one of the hot topics of the week: 2G versus 3G and 4G in M2M applications.
It seems that everyone has their own opinion on the matter, but most agree that 2G isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
This week, the M2M Zone was on the floor and in the conferences at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California, and one topic that was stressed from some of the top industry executives was simplicity. There is no question that the technology behind M2M applications is complicated, and it will remain complicated. The simplicity these executives were referring to was in the eyes of the consumer.
On Wednesday, Telefonica's O2 (Slough, England) announced plans to introduce free calls to mobiles and landlines over the internet. This decision highlights a key challenge for mobile operators - overcoming the commoditization of voice calls - a process which is being facilitated by falling mobile termination rates. Offering their own applications will be one way for operators to differentiate their products and retain a share of this growing market.
For the first time in history, wireless subscriber connections have surpassed the population in the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), which means the wireless penetration rate in the U.S. is 103.9%, according to a survey connected by CTIA- the Wireless Association.
According to Cisco estimates, the number of mobile-only Internet users will reach 788 million by 2015 – a 56-fold increase from the 14 million users in 2010. Further, Morgan Stanley analysts predict that, based on the current rate of change and adoption, mobile web usage will overtake desktop usage by 2015.
On Wednesday, TelecomEngine got a chance to visit with Verizon Wireless (Basking Ridge, N.J., U.S.A.) at the CTIA Enterprise and Applications show in San Diego, California to get a demo of their newest piece of technology.
Verizon showcased the Mobile UC Client, a tool that allows a person’s business landline number to be assessable from their mobile phone. According to Bill Versen, director of Advanced Mobile Communications at Verizon, this is meant to leverage existing infrastructure to extend the Private Branch Exchange (PBX) to the mobile phone.