According to a detailed report from New Street Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin on wireless carriers in the first quarter, fewer people are buying smartphones. This means that wireless carriers as a group will no longer benefit from millions of people upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone--those who want smartphones already have them, and those who don't most likely won't buy one anytime soon.
People who use Android devices with larger screen sizes tend to consume more data, especially when using a Wi-Fi connection, according to a report from network research firm OpenSignal.
The FCC issued its 16th Wireless Competition Report on Friday. The report is full of good news about innovation, investment, and competition. But the finest news is that U.S. consumers get the best value in the world, have abundant choices, and make great use of both.
In its 16th report on the state of competition in the wireless market, the FCC struck the tone it has taken in the past two reports, noting that it "makes no formal finding as to whether there is, or is not, effective competition in the industry."
As the end of the first quarter looms, it's worth taking a minute to see where the wireless carrier industry stands now and where it's headed. Here is a look at the main themes from the nation's top operators during their critical holiday quarter.
The FCC on Wednesday approved new rules for cell phone boosters, giving booster makers a major win after years of acrimonious debate over the issue. The FCC also managed to get the nation's wireless carriers to agree to the new rules. However, the 2 million wireless customers with existing boosters who have been using the devices to improve their mobile signals will need to register with and get permission from their carriers to continue to use the gadgets.
Microsoft's Skype unit grew its international traffic by 44 percent in 2012, more than twice the volume growth achieved by all the phone companies in the world combined, according to a report from TeleGeography. The report found that global Skype usage is now equivalent to over one-third of all international phone traffic, Skype's highest level ever.
Backhaul demands are going to increase in the years ahead and carriers worldwide are collectively underfunding investment in backhaul, according to a Strategy Analytics study commissioned by network vendor Tellabs. The result? A backhaul funding gap of around $9.2 billion by 2017.
Dish Network plans to sell mobile phones in through its Blockbuster stores, according to a report from Bloomberg .
A federal appeals court upheld the FCC's rules requiring data roaming, dealing a blow to Verizon Wireless, which had sued to block the rules under the argument that the FCC overstepped its authority in passing them.