Verizon Wireless is quietly building a major business around tablets, one that could help the carrier maintain its leading position as rivals undercut its prices and overcome its LTE coverage advantage. Verizon's tablet strategy has become significantly clearer during the past several months, and it's definitely an important strategy.
The job cuts Microsoft made to its Nokia devices business were not surprising, and they reflect Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's drive to change Microsoft into a software and services company that enhances productivity for enterprises and consumers through its platforms. Devices will still be a part of Microsoft, but they will be used for a specific purpose: to showcase the best Microsoft experience, primarily in high-end gadgets.
U.S. carriers' embrace of streaming music services could help them maintain their subscriber bases amid intensifying competition on price, but it's not going to likely win them many awards for creativity--or push them to offer new kinds of services.
LTE Advanced is the next phase in the network technology roadmap and many operators are embarking on the LTE-A migration path more quickly than expected thanks to the escalating growth in mobile data. As of July 1, the trade group 4G Americas had tallied 13 operators that had deployed LTE-A in 11 countries worldwide. In the U.S. there is just one operator so far: AT&T Mobility.
The sprawling, sometimes chaotic and mostly software-focused nature of Google's I/O keynote yesterday was a clear refection of the search giant's current and future strategy. Importantly, Google's I/O keynote showed that the company plans to build only the software layer for the next generation of consumer and enterprise services, not the hardware. And that's what sets the company apart from its closest rivals, Apple and Microsoft.
T-Mobile US' latest "Un-carrier" initiative includes unlimited access to several music streaming services, including Pandora, Slacker, iHeart Radio and Spotify, Samsung's Milk and the forthcoming streaming service Beatport, without imposing data charges on users' 4G plans. In other words, customers using T-Mobile's Music Freedom who go over their monthly data allowance won't have their music service throttled.
Since the iPhone was first released seven years ago, the vast majority of American iPhone shoppers have purchased their device for around $200 with a two-year service contract. But this year, things could be much different.
Wireless networks are on the brink of what could be one of the biggest transformations in the industry's history. The buzz around Software-Defined Networks and Network Functions Virtualization has escalated during the past six months, and many industry analysts are revising their estimates about how quickly these technologies will be deployed by operators around the globe.
PCIA, the wireless infrastructure's trade group, is holding its annual conference in Orlando, Fla., starting Tuesday, and it's clear that the organization has the future on its mind, both from a regulatory standpoint and the evolution of network technology.