Archives 2013

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With the recent update to the Windows Phone platform that adds support for 6 inch screens, Nokia can now offer a phablet to consumers. ABI Research believes that this is a good thing for Nokia, who has been trying to help Microsoft establish itself as the third mobile ecosystem. Considering how difficult success in the ...

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The pay TV market has been witnessing growing competition over the past few years, especially in markets with a higher pay TV penetration, which have experienced a slower growth in subscriber base. Market maturity, increasing competition from alternative online TV services and uncertain economic situations are among the factors contributing to the slow subscriber growth ...

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There is a lot of speculation among the pundits about NOK acquiring the ALU radio business.  That wouldn’t be a bad thing for NOK, as they would bulk up their scale with valuable footprint in the USA.  LTE is just beginning a good run with lots of future business.  It would also provide ALU with ...

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When six U.S. luxury home automation players recently opted to join forces and form a single company: VIA International. The consolidation was carried out as a partnership, not a merger or acquisition. An unusual approach, but one that nevertheless has a number of drivers that speak to the development and fragmentation of the home ...

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Major U.S. retail brands and the world’s largest online retailers have launched smart home automation offerings in the past six months and more are sure to follow.

In July, Amazon launched its Home Automation store, which aggregates home automation devices and consumer tutorials on the site. But it is the foray by big box ...

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It was a contrasting summer for smart meter deployment news in Europe.

·          In France, plans for smart meter rollout by the national distribution network were announced to start next year.

·          In Germany, the government presented justification to the European Union for reigning in its own smart meter deployments.

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At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, I discovered Republic Wireless and learned about their new service and value proposition.  I had previously mentioned them in Competing against a Low-cost Disruptor with Policy Control and Charging.  Their pitch is to use Wi-Fi as much as possible and ride on the Sprint 3G network as ...

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I recently attended the opening of Thales’ new Cyber Integration and Innovation Centre in the UK.  The centre is essentially a battle lab for improving the security of critical national infrastructure, as well as government and private sector organizations. Client systems are tested against a battery of open source tools and enterprise-grade security software ...

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Much digital ink has been spilled over the topic of data roaming fees.  As I have said previously, Fixing Mobile Telecom with Consolidation and Pricing, an operator's over-reliance on roaming "got-cha" fees is a symptom of deeper market problems.  The current EU Commission proposal to elminate roaming fees is met with great vitriol from ...

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We are starting to hear a lot of references to “5G”.

I suppose it is inevitable. Marketing is a tactical battleground where there are first mover advantages and no particular vendor wants to be seen to be trailing the field. So far I have seen blogs, video sound bites, and trade journal write-ups from Alcatel-Lucent ...

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