LTE Broadcast was much in conversation at this year's broadcasting convension, IBC. So far Verizon Wireless and Telstra have publicly committed to the technology to varying degrees, and some in the industry are saying that the technology has more chance of succeeding where others failed.
One key part of Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion purchase of 20 MHz of nationwide AWS spectrum from a group of cable companies (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications) last year was a joint technology venture with the companies, formally known as the "Joint Operating Entity." The joint venture was designed to develop technology to better integrate wireline and wireless products and services. However, it's still unclear what the joint venture is actually working on.
Regional carrier C Spire Wireless launched new unlimited plans for individual customers and focused on the option to let customers buy "online video passes" to watch streaming video from their devices when they want to do so.
Mobile data traffic will continue to grow significantly in the coming years, and will mainly be driven by increased video usage, according to the new edition of Ericsson's "Mobility Report. "
Aereo, which streams local TV broadcast signals online to smartphones, tablets and other IP-connected devices for a fee, could strike a partnership with AT&T Mobility, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Nokia Siemens Networks said it has been testing its new Liquid Applications technology with an unnamed U.S. operator. Check out NSN's full Hot Seat interview here.
Worldwide mobile data traffic doubled between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the fourth quarter of 2012, and is expected to continue growing at a similar rate due to an upsurge in smartphone sales and increasing video traffic, according to new research from Ericsson.
For developers that are thinking about integrating video into their app, the potential audience just got a lot bigger, according to a recent research report.
The theme of my 2013 "predictions" piece was that this is going to be a year of "disruption" across many elements of the value chain. I'd like to delve a little deeper into a discussion of business models and pricing, where I think we will see both disruption to prevailing structures, and experimentation around new forms of monetization. I see this happening in many sectors of the mobile space: operator pricing, video over mobile, "content everywhere," and applications.
Next week in Las Vegas tens of thousands of technology and mobile executives, professionals and enthusiasts will gather for the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. As in recent years, the wireless industry will have a significant presence at the show, but from what I'm hearing from analysts and insiders there may be less of a bang at this show than in years past.