Wireless operators have grown networks to a point past the level of complexity that can be managed and optimized manually. Today, wireless networks have up to 6-layers at the macro level with additional micro levels inserted in key areas where network capacity is an issue. In order to manage the complexity of interoperability handoffs and signaling necessary to provide the highest call quality, operators need automation.
Based on research by ProgrammableWeb, the public API (application programming interfaces) has seen a 400% growth in the past 18 months. APIs can be big business, especially in mobile apps where the creativity of data mashups is being matched by unprecedented consumer demand for mobile data. According to Google, the search giant now sees more mobile search queries than desktop queries, the change coming just in the last year. Ask yourself, how often do you interact with data and web services on a website
Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden), the world's top supplier of telecom network infrastructure, is seen enhancing its competitive advantage over rivals, but the global downturn and pressure on the gross margin will leave the share vulnerable to setbacks.
Of 36 analysts tracked by Reuters, two had an underperform or sell recommendation for Ericsson stocks, while nine had a hold on the stock.
AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and T-Mobile USA's parent Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) have discussed options including forming a joint venture to pool the wireless operators' network assets if AT&T's proposed $39 billion plan to buy T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.) fails, the Wall Street Journal reported.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a 109-page analysis and findings report on AT&T’s (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.). In the report, the FCC said the acquisition would limit competition and higher prices for customers.
AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and China Telecom Corp Ltd (Beijing, P.R.C.) have agreed to expand their relationship in China and the United States and will look into supporting each other in other regions. AT&T said on Wednesday that the agreement would expand its services for business customers in China and that the companies would consider jointly developing services, including video conferencing and managed hosting.
They will also look at working together in other regions, according to AT&T, but it did not provide details.
Poland's four cellphone operators, including units of Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France), have been fined a total of $34 million for anti-competitive conduct in the mobile TV market.
"All members of the cartel were told to stop their practices and received fines," Poland's competition watchdog UOKiK said last week. The regulator accused the four operators of obstructing the development of the nascent mobile television market.
Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) may be forced to abandon the biggest advantage it has over its rivals - unlimited data services for a flat fee - because of heavy data users and a shortage of wireless airwaves.
Moreover, the increasing likelihood that AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) plan to buy T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.), the nation's fourth-largest mobile operator, will fail may have the paradoxical result of making Sprint's position even more untenable, according to analysts who follow all three companies.
Smartphone shipments reached a record 24 million units in China during the third quarter of 2011, overtaking the United States, who had 23 million units, according to a recent report by Strategy Analytics (Newton, Mass., U.S.A.). This is the first time China has surpassed the U.S. to become the world’s largest smartphone market by volume.
In China, smartphone shipments grew 58% to 23.9 million units during the third quarter of 2011, while shipments in the U.S. fell 7% to 23.3 million units, according to Linda Sui, an analyst at Strategy Analytics.