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June 30, 2011  2:06 PM

Tiering up: The carrier shift toward usage-based pricing is starting

Posted by: Tom Nolle
mobile data, network monetization, network operators, streaming video, tiered pricing, usage-based pricing, Verizon, Video

Verizon is preparing to move to tiered pricing for mobile data in early July. There's a growing conviction among operators...

October 19, 2009  7:18 PM

Mobile web has “senior” appeal

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Broadband, mobile data, mobile web tools, wireless

Mobile web use is actually growing fastest among seniors, according to a recent report. While much of this is due to the very low adoption rate there (3% of mobile web users are over 65), part is also...

October 14, 2008  12:24 AM

Spectrum auction has free wireless Internet conditions

Posted by: Tom Nolle
FCC, IP advertising, mobile data, Wireless broadband

The FCC has cleared the way for auction of spectrum that would be conditional on providing free wireless Internet service. The move has been controversial because most in the FCC believe that there is no way to make such a service work.

Other attempts at free or low-cost wireless...

October 2, 2008  2:15 PM

Nokia strategy reflects capex shift

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Carrier Ethernet, Mobile, mobile backhaul, mobile data, Nokia, Wireless broadband, Wireless handsets

Nokia is launching “Tube,” its newest smartphone today, and is expected to articulate its mobile strategy in greater detail. The company, like others, is addressing what appears to be a capex shift to wireless for 2009, a shift that would increase sales of RF and handsets and reduce that of...

August 11, 2008  1:45 PM

IBM focuses on enterprise mobile applications

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Fixed-mobile convergence, IBM, Integrated devices, mobile data, Wireless handsets

The boom in enterprise use of smartphones and the fact that carriers are anxious to promote business customers’ use of data services combines to make the space an attractive target for IBM, not as a provider of equipment but as a facilitator of mobile enterprise applications.


July 23, 2008  5:51 PM

ITU approves 4G technical requirements

Posted by: Tom Nolle
mobile data, WiMAX, Wireless broadband

The ITU has approved its technical requirements document for 4G services and will be ready to consider technology applications this fall. This will certainly kick up the noise level in the WiMAX versus LTE battle, but the truth is that the issue may be less relevant because of the continued failure...

May 20, 2008  2:02 PM

Verizon backs LiMo

Posted by: Tom Nolle
Fixed-mobile convergence, mobile data, Verizon

Verizon’s backing of LiMo is being perceived increasingly as a shot across Google’s bow, and also something that may be linked with an operator shift toward FMC and a more software-driven mobile strategy that moves away from IMS. The latter issue is, we believe, an important one for the...

March 12, 2008  5:02 PM

New mobile data pricing targets travelers

Posted by: Tom Nolle
mobile data, Verizon, Wireless broadband

The mainstream tech publications are picking up the theme of “mobile voice is a commodity” and citing the new data plans such as Verizon’s plan for 5GB per month for $60 as proof. We think the conclusion on voice is correct (we’ve stated it ourselves, so that’s no surprise) but we...


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