IT spending to surpass $3.6 trillion in 2012, driven by Cloud, Telecom

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to reach $3.6 trillion in 2012, a 3% increase from 2011 spending of $3.5 trillion, according to the latest outlook by Gartner, Inc.

Telco mergers could put end to harmful phone subsidies

Reuters

Mobile phones subsidies are a thorn in the side of European telecom operators because they result in lower margins and increased revenue volatility, says Fitch Ratings. As much as companies would like to end handset subsidies, fierce competition in some European markets prevents individual operators from acting unilaterally.

The 2012 Olympic communication challenges ahead

This summer's Olympic Games in London will be the climax of several years of planning by various organizing committees, including LOCOG - the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - the UK government-appointed organization tasked with preparing and staging the London 2012 Games.

Convergence Summit South

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
End Date: 
Thursday, October 4, 2012

England:


The Convergence Summit South is THE only place to be this October to see the latest technologies and products leading the Voice, Data and Mobile sectors. As the UK’s largest Channel event with over 100 exhibitors, free seminars, a new industry speed dating feature, numerous new product launches plus the best networking environment. 


China telecom firms may be selling subsidized equipment in U.S.

Reuters

Two of China's top telecommunications companies may be selling subsidized gear in the United States, and legislation could be proposed to deal with any related national-security threat, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.


The committee is investigating what some U.S. officials suspect are close ties between the Chinese government and each of the firms, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) and ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, P.R.C.).

Carrier Wi-Fi equipment market to grow eightfold to $2.2 billion by 2017

Global revenue for carrier Wi-Fi access points and controllers will reach $2.2 billion in 2017 to reach a level equivalent to almost one-half of the traditional enterprise or consumer Wi-Fi segments in the same period, says research firm ABI Research.

The majority of the total market in 2011 was accounted for by Cisco, Ruckus Wireless, and Ericsson/BelAir, and as traditional mobile infrastructure vendors add Wi-Fi to their portfolios, these early market share rankings will fluctuate.

European telcos count on 4G for pricing power

Reuters

European telecom operators are planning to charge customers more for faster new fourth-generation (4G) mobile services in the hope of recouping massive network investments and clawing back lost pricing power.


It's a risky approach since it could put off recession-weary customers and slow the adoption of a technology that benefits telcos by lowering operating costs and helping reduce network overload.

Report: Telecom capex spike expected in 2012; Asia is largest spender

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from a report analyzing and forecasting telecom operator revenue and capital expenditures (capex).  Based on the report, Infonetics expects worldwide capex to spike in 2012, then level out in 2015 and 2016 at around the $345 billion mark.

Mobile entertainment revenues to hit $65 billion by 2016

A new report from Juniper Research has found that strong growth amongst games and infotainment applications, in part fostered by a burgeoning consumer tablet market, will push mobile entertainment revenues to more than $65 billion annually by 2016, up from $36 billion last year.

Verizon Wireless unveils shared data plans; rivals may follow

Reuters

Verizon Wireless is revamping its prices with new service plans that include unlimited calls and texts and the ability for customers to share their data allowance among multiple devices as it looks to shake up the U.S. wireless industry.


The biggest U.S. mobile operator is hoping to entice customers to connect more gadgets like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will be able avoid paying separate data subscriptions for each device.

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